Romelu Lukakus Euro 2024 Disallowed Goals Frustration Continues

By Deepika Jun 23, 2024 #Football #VAR
Romelu Lukaku's Euro 2024 Disallowed Goals Frustration Continues

Romelu Lukaku’s Euro 2024 Disallowed Goals Tally Rises to Three

Cologne, Germany – Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku saw his goal against Romania disallowed for offside, bringing his tally of disallowed goals in Euro 2024 to three.

Lukaku, who scored a brace in Belgium’s opening game against Slovakia before having both goals chalked off by VAR, was denied once again in the first half of Saturday’s Group E clash.

The 29-year-old pounced on a loose ball in the Romanian penalty area and fired home, but replays showed that he was marginally offside when the pass was played.

The decision was met with frustration from Lukaku and the Belgian players, who felt that the striker had timed his run to perfection.

Despite the disallowed goal, Belgium took the lead shortly after through Youri Tielemans’ early strike.

In-Depth Analysis

Lukaku’s goal against Romania was disallowed due to an extremely tight offside call. The replays showed that Lukaku’s left foot was marginally ahead of the last Romanian defender when the pass was played.

This decision was made possible by the introduction of semi-automated offside technology at Euro 2024. The technology uses multiple cameras to track the position of the ball and players on the field, allowing officials to make offside decisions with greater accuracy and speed.

Lukaku’s two disallowed goals against Slovakia were also due to offside calls, but those decisions were more clear-cut. In the first instance, Lukaku was caught offside by a full body length when he received a through ball. In the second instance, Lukaku was offside by a matter of inches when he headed home a cross.

The disallowed goals have been a source of frustration for Lukaku and the Belgian team. They believe that the striker has been unfairly targeted by VAR, and that the technology has taken away from the excitement of the tournament.

Despite the setbacks, Belgium remain in contention to qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2024. They face Ukraine in their final Group E game on Tuesday, and a win would secure their passage to the next round.

Key Statistics

  • Romelu Lukaku has had three goals disallowed in Euro 2024.
  • All three disallowed goals were due to offside calls.
  • Lukaku is Belgium’s all-time leading scorer with 68 goals.
  • Belgium face Ukraine in their final Group E game on Tuesday.

By Deepika

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