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Romania and Slovakia Progress to Euro 2024 Round of 16 After 1-1 Draw

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Romania secured top spot in alongside Slovakia, advancing to the Euro 2024 knockout stage following a 1-1 draw in Frankfurt.

Slovakia took the lead in the 24th minute as Ondrej Duda headed in from a precise cross by Juraj Kucka. Romania responded before halftime with Razvan Marin converting a powerful penalty after Ianis Hagi was fouled by David Hancko in the box.

Both teams exhibited attacking prowess throughout the match. Romania, advancing to the round of 16 for the first time since 2000, saw Marin and Denis Dragus narrowly miss scoring opportunities. Slovakia, aiming for , tested Romania's defense with efforts from David Strelec and Lukas Haraslin.

The result meant Romania topped the group, with Belgium finishing second after their draw with , who were eliminated from the tournament. Slovakia progresses as one of the best third-placed teams and awaits their opponent, dependent on the outcome of Group F matches.

"It was a historic moment for Romanian football," remarked coach Edward Iordanescu. "Our team showed resilience and determination, reflecting the spirit of this fantastic generation."

The match marked the first instance in Euro history where all teams in a group finished with equal points.

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