Euro 2024: Romania’s Nicolae Stanciu Scores Sensational Goal vs Ukraine

Euro 2024: Romania’s Nicolae Stanciu Scores Sensational Goal vs Ukraine

Edwin Kiplagat
June 17, 2024 at 1:54 PM
  • Romania registered their second-ever win at the Euros by beating Ukraine 3-0 in their opening match in Munich
  • Captain Nicolae Stanciu opened the scoring in the first half with a beautiful strike before his team added two more in the second half
  • Romania are seeking to get past the group stage for the first time since 2000, and if anything in their first match is anything to go by, they will qualify

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Romania opened the scoring against Ukraine in their UEFA Euro 2024 with a spectacular goal from Nicolae Stanciu.

The goal came from an error by Ukraine's defence, and Romania punished that mistake.

Romania, Ukraine, Euro 2024, Nicolae Stanciu
Nicolae Stanciu scores the opening goal in Romania vs Ukraine. Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA.
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Edward Iordanescu's team headed into their first game after an impressive qualifying campaign built on their resolute defence. It is also their first time at the Euros since 2016.

As expected, Ukraine dominated possession from the start and created good chances, but Romania's defence stood tall for the first half hour.

In the 30th minute, Ukraine were caught in their own final third as they tried to break their opponent's press.

A misplaced pass was stolen by Tricolorii, who teed up Stanciu, who hit the ball the first time. It flew past Andriy Lunin into the top corner. The game ended 1-0 after halftime.

In the second half, the Real Madrid goalkeeper was at fault for Romania's second goal as he allowed Razvan Marin's shot to creep underneath his body in the 53rd minute.

Four minutes later, Romania secured three points when Denis Dragus tapped in Dennis Man's cross. It is the first time Romania have scored three times since 2000, when they infamously beat England 3-2, per Opta Analyst.

Euro 2024 Group E preview

Sports Brief earlier previewed Euro 2024 Group E, comprising Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, and Belgium.

The Red Devils are favourites to win the Group, while Ukraine are considered a favourite to take second place.

Top players to watch at Euro 2024

Sports Brief also previously reported on the top 5 players set to thrive at Euro 2024.

Jude Bellingham leads the list after a phenomenal first season at Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old will look to produce the same performances with England in Germany.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.