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Euro 2024: Slovakia shock Belgium 1-0 after controversial disallowed goal

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Euro 2024 witnessed its first major upset as Slovakia clinched a surprising 1-0 win over Belgium in their Group E encounter on Monday. The decisive moment came early in the match when Ivan Schranz capitalized on a defensive blunder to put Slovakia ahead in the seventh minute. The Slovakian side then displayed resolute defense and unyielding spirit to hold off Belgium’s relentless attacks at the Frankfurt Arena.

Belgium’s prolific striker Romelu Lukaku found the back of the net twice, but both efforts were disallowed following VAR reviews. The first disallowed goal came in the 56th minute for offside, and the second in the dying moments of the match when Lois Openda was deemed to have handled the ball in the buildup before Lukaku’s finish. Despite Belgium’s dominance in possession and numerous goal attempts, Slovakia’s defense, led by their goalkeeper and a cohesive backline, managed to thwart every effort, securing a hard-fought victory.

This result propels Slovakia to the top of Group E, alongside Romania, who also registered a comprehensive 3-0 win over Ukraine on the same day. Slovakia’s unexpected triumph adds a thrilling twist to the group dynamics, intensifying the competition as the tournament progresses. Belgium, a pre-tournament favorite, will need to regroup quickly and reassess their strategy to avoid further setbacks in their quest for Euro 2024 glory.

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Saurabh Kumar

Published On:

Jun 17, 2024


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