Romania beat Italy on penalties to book their spot in the semi final

In a pulsating EuroCup quarterfinal clash, Romania emerged triumphant over Italy after a tense penalty shootout, securing their spot in the semifinals after the game finished 1-1 in normal time. The match was a rollercoaster of emotions, with both teams displaying grit and determination until the very end.

Italy drew first blood in the 17th minute with a goal from D. Araujo, igniting hopes of a victory for the Azzurri. However, Romania responded 12 minutes later, with L. Daraban equalizing in the 29th minute to level the score and keep the game finely poised.

As the match progressed, both teams fought tooth and nail to find the winning goal, but resolute defending and goalkeeping ensured the score remained deadlocked at 1-1 after regulation time.

The tension reached its peak as the match headed into a nerve-wracking penalty shootout. Italy’s D. Araujo once again showcased his skill with a spectacular penalty, but it wasn’t enough to secure victory for Italy.

Romania held their nerve, converting their penalties with precision to claim a thrilling 4-3 shootout victory and book their place in the semifinals.

With the win, Romania now eagerly awaits the outcome of the clash between Croatia and Serbia to determine their opponent in the semifinals on Sunday.

As Romania celebrates their hard-fought victory, Italy bows out of the tournament with heads held high, having displayed commendable resilience, skill and determination throughout the match, and throughout the tournament.