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Belgium Bounce Back With Dominant Victory Over Romania

  • June 22, 2024
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Belgium Bounce Back With Dominant Victory Over Romania

Following their opening defeat, Belgium responded emphatically with a 2-0 victory over Romania in their second Euro 2024 group stage match in Cologne on Saturday.

Determined to make amends, Belgium stunned Romania with a goal in the second minute. Romelu Lukaku displayed excellent hold-up play before laying off to Youri Tielemans. The Aston Villa midfielder unleashed a powerful strike from outside the box, finding the bottom corner with precision.

Belgium continued to press for a second goal. Jeremy Doku unleashed a powerful shot in the 31st minute, forcing a top save from Romania’s goalkeeper, Ionuț Radu. Romania, struggling to create chances, squandered a golden opportunity just before halftime. A perfect cross found Andrei Burca, but his header sailed over the bar.

Belgium coach Domenico Tedesco introduced Leandro Trossard for Dodi Lukebakio 10 minutes into the second half. In the 64th minute, the Belgians thought they had doubled their lead through a Lukaku strike, but a VAR intervention ruled it offside. This marked Lukaku’s third disallowed goal of the tournament.

Finally, Belgium found the breathing space they craved in the 80th minute. Kevin De Bruyne showcased his shooting prowess with a brilliant strike into the bottom right corner. The Manchester City star capitalized on a superb lofted pass from Koen Casteels, securing a 2-0 victory.

The referee’s final whistle confirmed a dominant performance by Belgium, who outplayed Romania in all aspects. Despite their initial confidence 3-0 win over Ukraine, Romania offered little threat against the group favorites.

This victory puts Belgium second in Group E, with all teams tied on three points. The final group fixtures promise to be exciting, with nothing yet decided.

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