Romania – Netherlands in the last eight of Euro 2024: the drama of the Hungarians brings us a terrible opponent

Edward Iordănescu (46 years old) is a lucky selector, but everything has a limit! Because, on Wednesday, after Romania’s historic qualification for the eighth round of Euro 2024, Edi’s proverbial luck turned into bad luck. Terrible one!

Memphis Depay, the star of the Netherlands. PHOTO: Facebook

Concretely, Romania had the chance of an approachable match, in which we would have been favourites, with Slovenia. That is “the peace team” from this European, one that went through the groups without a win, as the Truth showed here. In order for Romania to beat Slovenia, in the eighth, two scenarios were needed:

*The Czech Republic should not win against Turkey.

*Georgia not to beat Portugal.

If these conditions would have been fulfilled, then the national teams qualified from the 3rd places would have been Holland / Slovakia / Slovenia / Hungary. In this formula, the tricolors would have met Slovenia in the eighth round of Euro 2024.

The Czechs quickly got out of the calculations

In the last group games of Euro 2024, it quickly became clear that the Czech Republic was not going to beat Turkey. Because, in Hamburg, Barák (Czech Republic) took two “yellow“, in the 11th and 20th minutes, leaving his team in numerical inferiority. Then, Çalhanoğlu opened the scoring for Turkey in the 51st minute. In the end, Turkey – Czech Republic ended in a tie, score 1-1.

With the Czech Republic out of the reckoning, no one would have thought that Georgia would spoil our reckoning. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened! Because, in Gelsenkirchen, the Georgians prevailed with an incredible 2-0 (Kvaratskhelia 2, Mikautadze penalty-57) and took 3rd place with 4 points, advancing to the round of 16 of Euro 2024. To the detriment of Hungary, a national team that experienced a real drama through this elimination.

Unfortunately, the drama of the Hungarians is also ours. Because instead of playing Slovenia in the round of 16, we will meet the Netherlands. In Munich, on July 2, from 19.00 (Pro TV, VOYO).

The winner of the Romania-Netherlands match from the round of 16 will play, in the quarters, the winner of the Austria-Turkey duel. This quarterfinal matchup will take place on July 6 in Berlin, from 10:00 p.m.

Euro 2024, the final rankings

Group A

1. Germany 3 2 1 0 8-2 7

2. Switzerland 3 1 2 0 5-3 5

3. Hungary 3 1 0 2 2-5 3

4. Scotland 3 0 1 2 2-7 1

Group B

1. Spain 3 3 0 0 5-0 9

2. Italy 3 1 1 1 3-3 4

3. Croatia 3 0 2 1 3-6 2

4. Albania 3 0 1 2 3-5 1

Group C

1. England 3 1 2 0 2-1 5

2. Denmark 3 0 3 0 2-2 3

3. Slovenia 3 0 3 0 2-2 3

4. Serbia 3 0 2 1 1-2 2

Group D

1. Austria 3 2 0 1 6-4 6

2. France 3 1 2 0 2-1 5

3. The Netherlands 3 1 1 1 4-4 4

4. Poland 3 0 1 2 3-6 1

Group F

1. Portugal 3 2 0 1 5-3 6

2. Turkey 3 1 1 1 4-5 4

3. Georgia 3 1 1 1 4-4 4

4. Czech Republic 3 0 2 1 3-4 2

The top two teams from each group, plus the best four third places from all six Euro 2024 groups, qualify for the round of 16.