EURO 2024: Belgium Stumble in Opener, Losing 0-1 to Slovakia

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Frankfurt, Germany – Belgium’s Euro 2024 campaign got off to a disappointing start as they were stunned 1-0 by Slovakia in their Group E opener at the Deutsche Bank Park on Monday.

Slovakia took the lead early in the game when Ivan Schranz tapped home from close range after a rebound from Bozenik’s shot. Belgium had plenty of chances to equalize, but they were wasteful in front of goal, with Romelu Lukaku missing several gilt-edged opportunities.

The Belgians also had two goals ruled out for offside and handball, and they were left to rue their missed chances as Slovakia held on for a famous victory.

Schranz the Hero for Slovakia

Ivan Schranz was the hero for Slovakia, scoring the winning goal and putting in a solid defensive performance. The 27-year-old defender was a constant threat in the air, and he also made several important blocks and tackles.

Lukaku’s Nightmare Performance

Romelu Lukaku was the star of the show for Belgium in all the wrong reasons. The Inter Milan striker missed several clear-cut chances, and he was also guilty of two handballs that led to goals being ruled out. Lukaku’s performance will be a major concern for Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, and he will need to improve quickly if his side is to have any chance of progressing from the group.

What’s Next?

Belgium will face Russia in their next match on Friday, while Slovakia will take on Ukraine on Thursday.

Key Points

  • Slovakia took a shock 1-0 lead early in the game through Ivan Schranz.
  • Belgium had plenty of chances to equalize, but they were wasteful in front of goal.
  • Romelu Lukaku missed several gilt-edged opportunities and had two goals ruled out.
  • Slovakia held on for a famous victory to claim their first-ever win over Belgium.

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