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Euro 2024:Romania vs Netherlands-Match Preview

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Romania enters the knockout stage of a major tournament for the first time since Euro 2000, where they were halted by Italy in the quarter-finals.

Their most memorable knockout victory dates back to the 1994 World Cup, when they defeated Argentina 3-2 in a thrilling encounter.

The Netherlands, despite a strong group stage, have stumbled in recent knockout matches at the Euros, losing their last three encounters.

Defeats to Portugal, Russia, and Czech Republic in previous tournaments loom large as they seek to break this streak against Romania.

The Dutch had a turbulent path through the group stage, securing victory against Poland after coming from behind, followed by a draw with France and a chaotic loss to Austria.

They spent the least time leading among all teams qualifying for the knockout stage, highlighting their vulnerability despite their offensive prowess.

Romania showcased resilience in a tough group that saw them draw with Slovakia and suffer a defeat to Belgium.

They advanced as group leaders, marking the first Euros group where all teams finished level on points. Despite facing a barrage of shots, their defense held firm with a low xG conceded per shot faced.

For the Netherlands, Cody Gakpo has been influential with two goals in the group stage, while Memphis Depay’s performance against Austria underscored his importance up front.

Romania’s Razvan Marin, with two goals including a crucial penalty, has been pivotal in their attack alongside his teammates.

The encounter marks only the second major tournament meeting between Romania and the Netherlands, with the Dutch emerging victorious in their previous Euro 2008 clash.

Romania has struggled historically against the Oranje, winning only once in 14 encounters, their last victory dating back to 2007.

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