Slovakia set to face group leaders Romania

In the most hotly-contested group at Euro 2024, third-placed Slovakia are set to face leaders Romania on Wednesday in Group E at Deutsche Bank Park in each side’s final group stage game, and the winner could qualify for the knockout rounds in first place.

All four teams in the group have three points after the opening two group games, although Slovakia and Romania did lose last time out against Ukraine and Belgium respectively. For the first time at the Euros, all four teams in a single group are on equal points after two matches with three points.

In order to qualify for the round of 16 via finishing in the top two, Slovakia must beat Romania, and they will finish first if they win and Ukraine do not beat Belgium. Alternatively, if they lose to Romania and Belgium avoid defeat, they will be unable to reach the round of 16.

Opponents Romania will finish in the top two and qualify for the round of 16 if they avoid defeat on Wednesday, and they will win the group if they win and Belgium do not defeat Ukraine. However, they will be unable to reach the round of 16 if they lose and Ukraine avoid defeat.

Considering Romania’s strong defensive record, Slovakia could find their opponents difficult to break down.

However, given that all four teams in Group E have a good chance to qualify for the round of 16, the game at Deutsche Bank Park could lead to a few surprises depending on the scoreline between Ukraine and Belgium.



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