Nicolae Stanciu's scores a spectacular opener in Romania's game against Ukraine

Nicolae Stanciu nets a stunning goal in Romania’s 3-0 win over Ukraine at UEFA EURO 2024

He also became the first player from the current squad to score 15 international goals…

The Romania national team’s captain and talismanic midfielder Nicolae Stanciu netted a stunning goal in their 3-0 win over Ukraine at the UEFA EURO 2024. The Tricolors eventually ran out 3-0 victors to begin their campaign on a resounding note.

Playing in their first Euro Cup since 2016, Romania opened their tournament against Ukraine at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Monday in Group E. They started the match on a stronger note and went ahead in the 29th minute.

A horrendous back-pass from goalkeeper Andriy Lunin falls straight to Dennis Man, who instantly switched it out to Stanciu. The 31-year-old skipper galloped forward a few steps before making a stupendous first-time finish into the top corner beyond Lunin’s despairing dive.

Also Read: Slovenia vs Denmark Player Ratings as Christian Eriksen Scores Stunning Goal

Romania were in front and didn’t look back thereafter, dominating the proceedings with their energetic and dynamic attacking style of play that had Ukraine on the tenterhooks for much of the game.

Early into the second half, Răzvan Marin and Denis Drăguș scored within minutes of each other to cement their hold on the match, as Edward Iordănescu’s side ran out big winners to claim all three points. They next play heavyweights Belgium on Saturday, whereas Ukraine will be looking to make amends for the loss against Slovakia the day before.

Nicolae Stanciu’s goal against Ukraine (Credits: Getty)

Stanciu, the first Romanian from the current squad to score 15 goals

Nicolae Stanciu is the most capped player from the current squad with 71 appearances for Romania. During this time, he bagged 15 goals for the Tricolors too, more than any active player in Edward Iordănescu’s current squad. The next best record is that of George Pușcaș with 11, followed by Dennis Man (8).

Also Read: Serbia vs England Player Ratings as Jude Bellingham Scores His First Euro Goal