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Rebrov laments Ukraine’s performance in Euro opener against Romania

Ukraine’s Euro 2024 campaign began with a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Romania in Munich on Monday. Coach Serhiy Rebrov acknowledged the unexpected result, a stark contrast to the national spirit Ukraine has embodied throughout the ongoing war with Russia.

“This isn’t the outcome we envisioned,” Rebrov admitted, highlighting the pressure the team feels to represent a nation battling for freedom. “We let our supporters down today, and they deserve a better showing. We’ll regroup and demonstrate the true fighting spirit of Ukraine against Slovakia.”

Goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, a standout for Real Madrid this season, shouldered the blame for Romania’s goals.

“My errors were costly,” confessed Lunin, making his major tournament debut. “As a goalkeeper, mistakes often lead to goals. I take full responsibility and apologize to my teammates for putting them in a difficult position.”

Two of Romania’s goals stemmed from Lunin’s miscues, with captain Nicolae Stanciu capitalizing on one in the first half. Razvan Marin and Denis Dragus added further goals in the second period to seal the victory.

Though Ukraine displayed attacking intent early on, their performance fell short. Rebrov revealed a post-match team meeting where players requested his absence, a sign of their determination to rectify their performance.

“Everyone’s disappointed,” Rebrov acknowledged. “Maximum effort is paramount in this tournament. We weren’t at our best today, but there’s still a chance to turn things around.”

Ukraine faces Slovakia in their next group stage match, a crucial encounter for their Euro 2024 aspirations.

(Source: AFP)

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