Both teams through as Romania top group

UEFA Euro 2024



A goal and a single point were sufficient for both teams to advance to the round of 16, with Romania finishing at the top of Group E and Slovakia in third place. In the Group E match of UEFA EURO 2024 held in Frankfurt, Slovakia and Romania drew 1-1, securing their spots in the next round. Romania emerged as the group winners, while Slovakia claimed third place. This was achieved after Răzvan Marin’s penalty equalized Ondrej Duda’s goal.

Slovakia began the game with an aggressive approach, putting pressure on Romania’s defense and causing them difficulties. Juraj Kucka had the first opportunity with a header, and shortly after, Dávid Hancko’s shot went over the crossbar.

Romania quickly responded with their first shot on target, a curling effort from Andrei Rațiu, which was excellently saved by Martin Dúbravka. Francesco Calzona’s team then had their best chance so far with a free-kick from Duda that narrowly missed the target. However, just a minute later, Duda found the back of the net with a perfect header.

Romania fought back with another strike from Rațiu, but once again, Dúbravka denied them. However, parity was restored shortly after when Romania was awarded a penalty for a foul on Ianis Hagi. Răzvan Marin confidently converted the spot-kick.

The game continued to ebb and flow, with both teams creating chances and showing great determination.

Lukáš Haraslín made a break from the left flank, but Florin Niță managed to block his shot. Afterwards, Marin attempted a powerful strike from the edge of the penalty area, only to be denied by Dúbravka.

Dávid Strelec also had a chance, but Niță was well-positioned and made a crucial save. Slovakia continued their offensive efforts with a curling shot from Haraslín that narrowly missed the target. However, the result was inconsequential as both teams secured a point, allowing them to advance to the round of 16. Romania made history by winning a EURO group for the first time, while Slovakia finished third with the same four-point total.


Slovakia: Dúbravka; Pekarík (Gyömbér 92), Vavro, Škriniar, Hancko; Kucka, Lobotka, Duda (Bero 92); Schranz (Ďuriš 76), Strelec (Boženík 71), Haraslín (Suslov 71)

Romania: Niță; Rațiu, Drăgușin, Burcă, Bancu; R Marin (Rus 85), M Marin, Stanciu; Coman (Sorescu 58), Draguş (Puscas 66), Hagi (Man 66)

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