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Brilliant Belgium back on track with over Romania

Belgium secured a 2-0 victory over Romania in a thrilling Euro 2024 match that unfolded in Cologne on Saturday. Youri Tielemans opened the scoring just 73 seconds into the game, followed by a late goal from Kevin De Bruyne. The match was marked by intense action and an electrifying atmosphere, although surprisingly, there were only two goals scored.

This result sets up a final round showdown in Group E, where all four teams now have three points each after two rounds of matches. This scenario marks a historic first in European Championship history. Ukraine’s 2-1 win over Slovakia the previous day added to the intrigue. The final matches on Wednesday will determine the group standings, with Belgium facing Ukraine and Slovakia taking on Romania. The outcomes could see a team topping the group with four points or possibly being eliminated.

Belgium coach Domenico Tedesco expressed relief at securing the crucial victory, emphasizing the importance of earning three points. Despite Belgium’s dominant performance, especially compared to their sluggish start against Slovakia, Tedesco believed they could have capitalized even more on their chances.

Belgium, currently ranked third in the FIFA world rankings, showcased a vastly improved performance from their earlier match. They attacked relentlessly from the start, with Romelu Lukaku assisting Tielemans’ early goal. Despite numerous opportunities, including Lukaku’s disallowed goal due to offside, Belgium failed to extend their lead until De Bruyne capitalized on a goalkeeper error late in the game.

Romania, although under pressure for much of the match, demonstrated resilience and remained in contention, buoyed by their supportive fans creating a vibrant atmosphere in the stadium. Coach Edward Iordanescu acknowledged the complexity of the group and emphasized the need for solidarity going forward.

Overall, the match provided gripping entertainment and set the stage for an exciting conclusion to Group E at Euro 2024.

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