EURO 2024: Romanian football “soul generation” defeated Ukraine 3-0

The Romanian national football team made an excellent start to the European Championship in Germany and prevailed with a score of 3-0 against Ukraine, in the first match of Group E.

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The victory is the more important as it took no less than 24 years for our country to be victorious again at the end of a European Championship match.

The team trained by Edi Iordănescu gave up possession in the first part of the game, but managed to open the scoring through Nicolae Stanciu (min 29).

The captain of the tricolors, Nicolae Stanciu, scored with a fabulous execution, after Romania recovered a wrong ball from Lunin. In the second half, Romania’s game continued to be an offensive one, and Răzvan Marin scored for 2-0 (min 53) with a shot placed from about 25 meters. 4 minutes later, the tricolors struck again through Denis Drăguș (min 57), who appeared excellently at the second post and fulfilled a simple formality.

Thousands of Romanian fans have flooded the streets of Munich and are waiting for the afternoon match. UEFA estimates that there will be around 30,000 Romanian supporters at the stadium.
Edi Iordănescu threfore surpasses his father, achieving his first victory at an European Football Championship.
The first victory of the Romanian football team and the one that was the only one for 24 years was the one against England, score 3-2, obtained on June 20 in the 2000 edition, in the group stage.

In total, our country’s record in the 17 matches played at the EURO is two wins, five draws and ten defeats.

Coach Edi Iordanescu: This is the soul generation

Romanian coach Edi Iordanescu congratulated his boys at the press conference after the victorious match, saying that this was a victory of the “Soul Generation”.

“I congratulate the boys and hug them. I’m glad that it’s a decisive victory and that we didn’t concede a goal. I am happy for Stanciu that he was declared the man of the match. Our star is the whole team. An analysis will surely follow, maybe there were not very good things. We are happy, from tomorrow we must gather and continue our journey”, said Iordănescu.

“Indeed, the boys were fabulous. I saw that this generation is starting to be called this and that. Please don’t call it anything. This generation does not represent any metal of any kind. It is the soul generation. It must also be the soul generation of Romanians. It was the victory of the Soul Generation. These guys broke a lot of boundaries. They united and gave their best.It is their total merit and I am grateful to them”, Iordănescu also declared in the press conference after the match.

However, the coach said they must stay alert.

“There were also maybe not very good things.We are honest. We have to pull ourselves together as of tomorrow”.

Belgium, Slovakia, astonished by Romania’s victory

Romania’s result was also echoed in the media from Belgium, as the “Red Devils”, ranked as the 1st in the group, voiced their surprise at Romania’s victory. “The first surprise from the EURO: Romania crushed Ukraine“, Walfoot reported, who wrote in superlatives about the Romanians: “They played a perfect match, they completely annihilated their opponent. (…) The pressure on our boys is already at its maximum”, the Belgian news site added.

And Slovak journalists from Sport Aktuality noted that Romania pulverized Ukraine. The Romanians, who silenced the favorite Ukraine, are celebrating a great victory. After the break, it was still a match with an open result, but Marin and Drăguș finished with our neighbor in four minutes”, noted the journalists from the aforementioned publication.
Ukraine about Romania: “Nobody expected it. They showed that they can play football”
The coach of Ukraine, Serghei Rebrov, said on Monday, after the match won by Romania 3-0, that “nobody expected this result”, but that “Romania is a good team”, which “can play football”, according to uefa.com.

Serhiy Rebrov, Ukraine coach: “Clearly there were different components of the game. We had possession but didn’t create any chances. Nobody expected this result. We have a very serious game in front of us. We have to talk among ourselves and we have to get ready for the next game.”

Taras Stepanenko, Ukraine captain: “I’m really disappointed with our performance. Today, we were not the team we always have been. Romania deserved this win, and we have to keep going. We have two more games and we have to be strong and change the situation.”

Roman Yaremchuk, Ukraine striker: “There are no excuses. We didn’t show our game today and didn’t follow the coach’s instructions. Romania deserved this win, and we need to have a good conversation in the dressing room and move on.”

In another match on Monday in Group E, Slovakia defeated Belgium, 1-0.
Romania will meet Belgium in Koln on June 22, from 22:00hrs and Slovakia in Frankfurt at 19:00hrs on June 26.
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