Underdogs Romania produce old-school masterclass to humiliate Ukraine at Euro 2024 | EUROtoday

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Good afternoon and welcome to our stay protection of the eighth match of Euro 2024, as Romania face Ukraine in Munich.

With Belgium dealing with Slovakia at 6pm native time, it can seemingly be a tussle to see who can end behind Belgium and qualify routinely.

Romania, ranked forty sixth on the earth, went unbeaten by way of qualifying, topping their group and ending forward of Switzerland, with six wins and 4 attracts.

However, their current type is inauspicious: they haven’t gained in 4 matches, their most up-to-date outcomes being goalless attracts at house to Bulgaria and Liechtenstein, giving the minnows their first clear sheet in 36 video games. Hardly the stuff to encourage confidence within the Tricolorii’s capacity to interrupt down sterner opposition.

This is their first time at a significant worldwide match for the reason that 2016 Euros. Their win ratio on this competitors – one in 16 matches – is the bottom of any facet to have accomplished a couple of match. Memorably, that lone victory got here in 2000, as Ioan Ganea slotted house an 89th minute penalty after a sloppy Phil Neville foul to seal a 3-2 triumph and ship a star-studded England squad packing.

Ukraine, twenty second within the FIFA rankings, had a much more dramatic passage to this match than their neighbours. They did it the laborious manner after ending third of their group, behind England and on the identical factors as Italy. Subsequently, they got here by way of play-off qualifying video games in opposition to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland to make it 4 consecutive Euro tournaments in a row.

A good few neutrals will seemingly be rooting for Ukraine, given the geopolitical state of affairs the nation finds itself in.

The squad possesses loads of firepower and there’s a good bit of Premier League curiosity too, not least captain Andriy Yarmolenko of Everton and Chelsea’s £62m left winger Mykhailo Mudryk. And after all, their supervisor can also be ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker Serhiy Rebrov.

If the creaking Belgium workforce underperforms, they are going to be favourites to trigger an upset and high the group. (Domenico Tedesco’s gamers kick off their marketing campaign in opposition to fellow Group E opponents Slovakia this afternoon in Frankfurt.)

Teams information to come back shortly for Romania vs Ukraine. Kick off on the Munich Arena is 2pm UK time.