Lukaku assists in Belgium’s 2-0 win over Romania in Group E of Euro 2024

Striker Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed again, but still managed to contribute an assist to help Belgium beat Romania 2-0 in the second round of Group E of Euro 2024.

Lukaku assists in Belgium's 2-0 win over Romania in Group E of Euro 2024

Continuing his misfortune with the opponent’s goal, Lukaku did not have a bad game against Romania. On the contrary, he and Jeremy Doku were the standout players in Belgium’s attack. It was Lukaku who initiated the ball up the field and assisted Youri Tielemans to open the score at the 73rd minute.

The goal helped Belgium play more comfortably for the rest of the match. Lukaku was unfortunate to have his scoring effort cancelled by VAR, after celebrating passionately with his teammates. However, with their superior game strategy, Belgium added another goal from Kevin De Bruyne to secure a 2-0 victory. The result makes Group E the most unpredictable in the tournament after the first two rounds, with all four teams having three points.

Belgium entered the game under huge pressure, having yet to gain any points. The pressure was soon relieved after Tielemans’ shot at 114 km/h – a player known for his long-range shooting ability. Doku, who skillfully dribbled down the left wing before passing to Lukaku who set up for Tielemans, deserves credit for the goal.

The goal loosened the attacking players’ legs. The fresh Dodi Lukebakio on the right wing and inspiration Doku on the left wing helped Belgium attack at speed and expansively. This duo made goalkeeper Frorin Nita constantly show off his saving skills in the first 45 minutes.

Lukaku did not shine in the rest of the first half but exploded in the second half. Receiving an accurate through ball from De Bruyne, the Belgian forward ran down and placed the ball into the near corner to beat Nita. Luck turned against Lukaku when VAR ruled him offside by a half shoe’s length compared to a Romanian defender.

For the third time at Euro 2024, Lukaku had a goal disallowed. Previously, he became the first player in Euro history to have two goals disallowed by VAR, in the match against Slovakia.

Lukaku played well in the last 45 minutes, and so did Romania. The pupils of Edward Iordanescu rose strongly and nearly equalised, following one-on-one situations with Valentin Mihaila and Dennis Man. Goalkeeper Koen Casteels maintained Belgium’s lead by saving with his foot.

Wasting opportunities, Romania paid the price in the 80th minute. De Bruyne took advantage of a momentary lapse in concentration in the Romanian defence to break away and receive a long ball, before bending over to shoot past Nita, scoring his first goal at Euro 2024. De Bruyne was also voted the best player of the match by the organizers.

In the last nearly 15 minutes, Lukaku was repeatedly fed the ball to break his “curse”. The 31-year-old forward handled the ball neatly and forcefully shot, but could not beat goalkeeper Nita.

The 2-0 win brought Belgium to second place in the group with a +1 goal difference, ranking behind Romania because they scored fewer goals. The other two teams also have three points in this group are Slovakia (goal difference 0) and Ukraine (goal difference -4).

Goals: Y. Tielemans (2′) and K. De Bruyne (79′)

Lineups

Belgium: Casteels, Castagne, Vertonghen, Faes, Theate (Debast 77), Tielemans (Mangala 72), Onana, Doku (Carrasco 72), De Bruyne, Lukebakio (Trossard 56), Lukaku

Romania: Nita, Ratiu (Sorescu 90), Dragusin, Burca, Bancu, Marius Marin (Olaru 68), Dennis Man, Razvan Marin, Stanciu, Mihaila (Hagi 68), Dragus (Alibec 81)

⚽️ UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 tournaments and 10 national champions

⏩ Germany won the Euro 3 times (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

⏩ Spain won the Euro 3 times (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

⏩ France won the Euro 2 times (1984 – 2000)

⏩ Italy won the Euro 2 times (1968 – 2020)

⏩ Soviet Union won the Euro once in 1960

⏩ Czechoslovakia won the Euro once in 1976

⏩ Netherlands won the Euro once in 1988

⏩ Denmark won the Euro once in 1992

⏩ Greece won the Euro once in 2004

⏩ Portugal won the Euro once in 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking on February 15, 2024 such as France (2nd) – England (3rd) – Belgium (4th) – Netherlands (6th) – Portugal (7th) – Spain (8th) – Italy (9th) – Croatia (10th) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to deliver top-level and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the first and second teams in each group, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get a ticket to the knock-out round. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

⚽️ Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

⚽️ Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

⚽️ Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

⚽️ Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

⚽️ Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

⚽️ Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

⚽️ Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

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