Euro 2024: Belgium seek redemption against Romania

Euro 2024: Belgium seek redemption against Romania

Eric Munene 14:00 - 22.06.2024

Despite having two goals disallowed leading to a loss for Belgium, they aim to bounce back against Romania.

In a clash set to define Group C's trajectory at Euro 2024, Romania and Belgium brace for a pivotal showdown following contrasting starts to their campaigns.

The opening round delivered unexpected outcomes for both sides, setting the stage for a gripping encounter in Bucharest.

Belgium, under the stewardship of Domenico Tedesco, endured a bitter 1-0 defeat against Slovakia, marking their first loss since Tedesco assumed command in February 2023.

Despite dominating possession and crucial metrics, including VAR disallowing two goals, the Red Devils faltered against resilient underdogs.

Conversely, Romania stunned Ukraine with a resounding 3-0 victory, their largest margin of victory in European Championship history.

Nicușor Stanciu, fueled by personal joy following the birth of his daughters, spearheaded Romania's triumph with an opening goal, describing the win as one of the best days of his life.

This victory not only buoyed Romanian spirits but also positioned them favorably in the race for the knockout stages, aiming for only their second Euro knockout appearance.

Previous records and Key players

Historically, Belgium holds a shaky record against Romania, winning only one of their last five encounters (D1, L3). Despite this, their last meeting dates back to November 2012, offering little relevance to the current clash.

Meanwhile, Romania aims to build on newfound momentum, breaking a winless streak prior to Euro 2024 with consecutive clean sheets, including their emphatic shutout against Ukraine.

Key players will undoubtedly influence the outcome: Romelu Lukaku, despite seeing two goals disallowed in the opener, remains pivotal for Belgium's attack, backed by Tedesco to deliver.

Dennis Man, instrumental with assists in Romania's victory, continues to impress following a productive season with Serie B's Parma.

Belgium seeks redemption and revival, aiming to avoid another setback that could jeopardize their Euro aspirations.

Romania, riding high on confidence and buoyed by recent success, aims to consolidate their position and potentially secure an unprecedented streak of defensive solidity.