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Euro 2024 Review: It’s All Square In Group E As De Bruyne Revives Belgium’s Hope

Written By Onyeka Daniel

After their shocking defeat to Slovakia in their first match at the ongoing Euro 2024 tournament in Germany, Belgium needed a huge response in their second game against Romania and they did enough to get the better of their opponent to revive their hopes of qualifying for the next round.

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This is after Ukraine had also given themselves some lifeline in the other game. After the first round, the two nations (Belgium and Ukraine), tipped to make it into the next round had failed to get any point in their first game, so it became imperative that they redeem themselves.

For Ukraine, they defeated Slovakia 2-1, increasing the pressure on the Red Devils to get a win. For the Domenico Tedesco, he did in fact opt for the 3-4-3 formation, even though in reality, it looked more like a 3-4-2-1 formation, playing Jeremy Doku and Dodi Lukebakio out wide while Kevin De Bruyne tucked in between the midfield and Romelu Lukaku upfront.


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For Romania, they maintained their 4-1-4-1 formation from the first game, but Mihaila coming in for Coman on the right wing was the only change from their win against Ukraine. The Red Devils knew that they wood need a win, and they made their intentions known early on with an opening goal inside the first five minutes.

Youri Tielemans received a pass from Lukaku at the edge of the box and provides him with a nice pass, and the Spurs midfielder made no mistake with a first-time shot into the bottom left corner in the 2nd minute. The opponent tried to come back into the game immediately, but were denied by the goalkeeper.

Radu Dragusin got behind the of a beautiful cross, but his effort was blocked by Koen Casteels, who pulled off a stunning save. Despite spirited efforts from both teams, there was no more goal until the end of the first half.

After the break, Belgium continued to threaten and were rewarded with another goal in the 80th through Kevin De Bruyne. The Manchester City midfielder scored with a brilliant shot into the bottom right corner after being released inside the box by a superb lofted pass from the goalkeeper.

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The Belgians were made to hold their breath after a VAR check on the goal, but unlike the game against Slovakia, the goal stood, ensuring that the opponent would not be allowed an avenue back into the game.

With these results, it means that all the teams in group are level on point, with three points each, heading into the final game, meaning they all have their destiny in their hands. In the third and final game, it would be Slovakia Vs Romania and Belgium Vs Ukraine.

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