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Red Devils Launch Euro Campaign with a 2-0 Victory over Romania

Belgium showed signs of improvement in their offense but also revealed some defensive frailties at times during their second Euro 2024 match against Romania (2-0). The Red Devils dominated the game for the most part and took an early lead. However, it wasn’t until the 80th minute that De Bruyne put Belgium out of reach in this encounter.

As a result of this draw, all four teams in the group now have four points. However, Belgium is now in second place on goal difference.

A Perfect Start

The Red Devils’ start to the game was perfect! Following a high recovery by Tielemans, Romelu Lukaku was sent deep. ‘Big Rom’ crossed to the right for Doku, who played a one-two with the striker.

But the Red Devils’ joy was almost short-lived. Just three minutes after the opener, Koen Casteels had to make a save from a Dragusin header in the box.

Chances continued to come for the Red Devils in the second quarter of an hour: after Lukaku, it was Lukebakio who came close to scoring the second goal. In the middle, Kevin De Bruyne made a run forward before passing the ball to Lukebakio on the right. The Belgian striker cut inside to curl a shot. The Romanian goalkeeper was alert, however, and tipped the ball over for a corner. From the corner, Vertonghen missed the target when he was unmarked at the edge of the six-yard box.

Then, on the half-hour mark, Nita made another great save from a Doku cross at the near post.

It took until the 39th minute for the Romanians to threaten again. From a ball played behind Vertonghen, Dragus got the better of Faes too easily but Casteels intervened just in time to prevent the Romanian striker from taking control of the ball.

Lukaku Cursed, Onana’s Inaccuracies

On the return from the dressing rooms, it was the Romanians who created the first chance. Following an Onana turnover in midfield, Mihaila found himself through on goal. But the Belgian midfielder made amends for his mistake by throwing himself in front of the Romanian attacker as he was about to adjust his shot.

After a more laborious start to the second half, the Belgians quickly woke up. Following a magnificent combination between Doku and Theate, De Bruyne received the ball before cutting inside and placing his shot just wide.

Shortly after the hour mark, Romelu Lukaku thought he had freed the whole of Belgium. From an excellent pass by De Bruyne, ‘Big Rom’ found himself through on goal and beat Nita. But Lukaku was offside by a few centimeters and the goal was correctly disallowed.

Moments later, the Red Devils had another scare. Onana once again lost the ball in his own half and it almost benefited Olaru, who found himself face to face with Casteels. But the Belgian goalkeeper had the final word with a crucial intervention.

Liberation Comes from King Kev’

With the tension rising, it was only fitting that the goal of liberation should come from the feet of Kevin De Bruyne! From a long clearance by Koen Casteels, the ball went deep. The Red Devils’ captain had it all figured out and found himself through on goal against Nita before easily beating him (0-2, 80th).

In the aftermath, Trossard could have added to the score but he showed too much team spirit by trying to pass the ball to Lukaku when he was alone in front of goal.

In the final minutes, Lukaku had one last chance. After winning the ball in midfield, the striker got away from three opponents. But his cross-shot was deflected by the Romanian goalkeeper.

Written by Jose Machino

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