European Championship U-21: Romania stuns Croatia 4-1. George Puscas – man of the match

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The national football U-21 team of Romania started with a superb victory at the Under-21 European Football Championship in Italy and San Marino, defeating Croatia 4-1 (2-1) Tuesday night in Group C, on the San Marino Stadium in Serravalle.

Romania U-21 team won their first win at a European Youth Championship, 21 years after their only previous participation.


The Romanian team won the goals scored by George Puşcaş (11th minute – photo 2), Ianis Hagi (14th minute), Tudor Băluţă (66th minute), Adrian Petre (90th + 1) and Nikola Vlasic (18th). The first and the last goals were confirmed after the consultation of the video arbitration, a premiere for a Romanian team.

In the other match in Group C France-England 2-1.

Romania will play the next game in Group C on June 21, against England (Dino Manuzzi – Cesena, 19:30h).


Romania: 1. Ionuţ Andrei Radu (captain) – 6. Cristian Manea, 5. Ionuţ Nedelcearu, 4. Alexandru Paşcanu, 3. Florin Ştefan – 21. Tudor Băluţă, 17. Alexandru Cicâldău – 8. Dennis Man (22. Darius Olaru, 84th min.), 10. Ianis Hagi, 19. Andrei Ivan (7. Florinel Coman, 73rd min.) – 9. George Puşcaş (11. Adrian Petre, 89th min.). Coach: Mirel Rădoi.

Croatia: 12. Josip Posavec – 2. Filip Uremovic, 6. Filip Benkovic, 5. Nikola Katic, 3. Borna Sosa – 8. Nikola Vlasic, 4. Ivan Sunjic, 20. Nikola Moro (11. Luka Ivanusec, 68th min.) – 10. Alen Halilovic (captain; 18. Robert Muric, 77th min.), 9. Marin Jakolis, 7. Josip Brekalo (21. Domagoj Bradaric, 14th min.). Coach: Nenad Gracan.

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