Euro 2024 | Belgium bounces back with victory against Romania

Euro 2024 | Belgium bounces back with victory against Romania
Euro 2024 | Belgium bounces back with victory against Romania

Belgium breathes. The Red Devils beat Romania (2-0) on the 2nd day of Group E this Saturday evening. In control, Domenico Tedesco’s men reassured after their opening defeat against Slovakia. Youri Tielemans (2nd) and Kevin De Bruyne (80th) are the scorers, Romelu Lukaku once again saw a goal denied to him. The suspense is total before the last day in a group of four tied teams.

You couldn’t miss it. Almost condemned to watch the round of 16 on television (like at the 2022 World Cup) in the event of defeat, the Belgians had no choice. That’s good since Kévin De Bruyne’s teammates immediately got into their subject on the Cologne pitch. 1 minute and a handful of seconds were enough to see Youri Tielemans adjust a dry strike at the conclusion of a collective movement (1-0, 2nd). Enough to calm the enthusiasm of the Romanians, who wanted to ride on their great opening success to secure their ticket for the eighth this Saturday.

The Tricolori, apart from an almost immediate reaction with a Radu Dragusin header diverted by Koen Casteels, then suffered Belgian law. A clear domination in the first period from Domenico Tedesco’s men and good play in the game with splits on the sides, an inspired Jérémy Doku and density in the midfield. But the interventions of Florin Nita in front of the Manchester City wisp (31st) or Dodi Lukebakio (18th) delayed a goal from the break which was long overdue.

The Lukaku curse, the release of De Bruyne

Able to recover the ball very high and project themselves very quickly, Belgium stifled the Romanian selection. It was sometimes necessary to close the game with long sequences of possession when Nicolae Stanciu’s teammates decided to wake up after returning from the locker room and finally win duels. The biggest opportunity ultimately went to Dennis Man who stumbled on a Casteels who came out very quickly (69th) to prevent an equalizer which would have set the match on fire.

Just before, Romelu Lukaku had thought he could deliver his team on a deep call from De Bruyne. But as twice against Slovakia, the AS Roma scorer was deprived of his joy by the VAR before being disgusted twice by Nita (66th, 89th). It was ultimately Kévin De Bruyne who was responsible for giving his team breathing space with a late shot, following a brilliant 80m pass from his goalkeeper. The Belgian captain had until then made some bad choices. This evening it allows us to accentuate a precious success, while Belgium is still alive.

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