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Belgium national football team
European Championship | Group Stage
Jun 22, 2024 at 8pm UK
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Belgium looking to extend 94-year streak against Romania at Euro 2024

Belgium looking to extend 94-year streak against Romania at Euro 2024
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Belgium will be looking to avoid ending a 94-year streak when they square off against Romania at Euro 2024 on Saturday night.

Belgium will be hoping to avoid ending a streak that has lasted their entire major-tournament history when they face Romania on Saturday night.

The Red Devils went into Euro 2024 having come through each of Domenico Tedesco's 14 matches in charge without suffering a single defeat.

However, albeit in controversial circumstances, Belgium went down by a 1-0 scoreline to Slovakia when they met in their Group E fixture on Monday.

Ivan Schranz's early goal proved to be the difference, putting Tedesco and his players under pressure to deliver a response in Cologne.

Although the focus will be fully on the task in hand, there is an historic statistic that could get broken if Romania build on their outstanding win over Ukraine.

Ivan Schranz celebrates scoring for Slovakia against Belgium at Euro 2024 on June 17, 2024.© Reuters

Belgium defending 94-year streak

As a result of losing out to Slovakia, Belgium are at risk of losing their opening two matches at a major tournament for just the second time in their history.

The only previous occurrence came at the very first World Cup in 1930 when they lost to USA and Paraguay respectively without scoring a goal.

That means going two matches without scoring is also a possibility on Saturday, something which occurred in their final two matches of the 2022 World Cup.

Incredibly, given their options in the final third, Belgium have scored just once in their last four major tournament encounters - Michy Batshuayi's pivotal strike in a 1-0 triumph over Canada.

Romania's Bogdan Racovitan, Andrei Ratiu and teammates celebrate after the match on June 17, 2024© Reuters

What is the head-to-head record between Belgium and Romania?

In 12 encounters between the two nations, both teams have recorded five wins apiece, none of which have been held at a major tournament.

The only time that they have met in a qualifying campaign was ahead of the 1994 World Cup, while their last friendly came all the way back in 2012.

Romania have not recorded back-to-back wins at the start of a major competition since the 1998 World Cup, with Anghel Iordanescu - the father of current boss Edward Iordanescu - in charge.

Although Romania have been eliminated in the groups in four of their five appearances at a European Championship, a point against Belgium or Slovakia would put them in a strong position to qualify for the last 16.

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Group A

Q Germany Germany32107
Q Switzerland Switzerland31205
3 Hungary Hungary31023
4 Scotland flag Scotland30121

Group B

Q Spain Spain33009
Q Italy Italy31114
3 Croatia Croatia30212
4 Albania national flag Albania30121

Group C

Q England flag England31205
Q Denmark Denmark30303
Q Slovenia Slovenia30303
4 Serbia Serbia30212

Group D

Q Austria Austria32016
Q France France31205
Q Netherlands Netherlands31114
4 Poland Poland30121

Group E

Q Romania Romania31114
Q Belgium Belgium31114
Q Slovakia Slovakia31114
4 Ukraine Ukraine31114

Group F

Q Portugal Portugal32016
Q Turkey Turkey32016
Q Georgia Georgia31114
4 Czech Republic Czech Republic30121

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