EURO 2024: Falcons hunting for knockout stages over Romania

EURO 2024: Falcons hunting for knockout stages over Romania

Eric Munene 13:30 - 26.06.2024

Round 3 of group E kicks off with Romania battling Ukraine

Group E at the UEFA European Championships is set for a thrilling conclusion on matchday three, as Slovakia and Romania face off in a high-stakes encounter to determine their fate in the tournament.

Both teams find themselves level on three points each, making this fixture a pivotal moment in their quest to advance to the knockout stages.

Slovakia enters this crucial match buoyed by their recent performances, yet mindful of missed opportunities. A heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Ukraine in their last outing marred their strong start after upsetting Belgium 1-0.

Francesco Calzona's side has showcased a penchant for early goals, scoring first in their last four matches, including both games in this tournament.

The Falcons will be banking on another quick start to propel them towards securing a spot in the last 16, aiming to replicate their previous achievement of advancing beyond the group stage.

For Romania, the path to progression has been laden with unpredictability. After a stunning 3-0 victory over Ukraine in their opener, they faltered against Belgium, suffering a 2-0 defeat.

The Tricolorii have struggled to find consistent goal-scoring form, with their three goals against Ukraine standing as their solitary strikes in their last four outings.

A significant concern looms over their historical difficulty in scoring at Euros finals, having failed to net in five of their last nine matches in the competition.

In the pivotal clash, Slovakia will look to Ondrej Duda for inspiration, knowing his goal-scoring prowess often correlates with positive results.

Duda has been instrumental in Slovakia's recent successes, contributing to wins when finding the back of the net.

On the other side, Romania will rely heavily on Nicolae Stanciu, whose international goals have coincided with Romanian victories, including his crucial strike in the opening match of this tournament.

The Stakes

With both teams aware that their tournament fate hangs in the balance, Slovakia needs a victory to secure passage to the knockout stages outright, while a draw could also suffice depending on results elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Romania must avoid defeat to ensure progression, with a potential opportunity to top the group if results go their way.