Romania is in the next Euro Cup. And a good part of the merit lies in a surname that is legendary in that country when it comes to football. Because a goal by Ianis Hagi, an Alavés player son of the legendary Gica Hagi, gave his team the victory against Israel (1-2), ensuring the presence of Romania in the European Championship in Germany. The Israeli team, which plays as a local team at the Pancho Arena in Felcsút (Hungary) due to the conflict in Palestine, thus loses its mathematical options directly to the Eurocup, although it has another opportunity to play -off. which is guaranteed by the League of Nations. And he is not the only one hurt by the result: that Israel does not directly access the continental tournament leaves Haaland’s Norway without the opportunity to go to Germany.
A game played with great intensity, with both teams knowing what is at stake. And Israel came out stronger. Indeed, the captain and reference Zahavy, with a header after a corner extended by Miguel Víctor, made it 1-0 with two minutes of play. The goal makes Israel dream of continuing the struggle for direct access to places in Germany 2024.
However, his advantage did not last long. Romania equalized in the 10th minute with a goal from George Puscas, a Genoa player with a surname similar to the Hungarian legend who gave his name to the venue of the match (a Pancho Arena named after the known as Ferenc Puskás). The truth is that the tie gave way to the best minutes of Iordanescu’s team, which still managed to lead with a clear chance that hit the post.
1-2 came in the second half. Ianis Hagi, in the 28th game with the shirt so honored by his father, appeared to sign another glorious page of this team with his surname. After a rebound, the ball fell to his left foot and, from almost in front, he unleashed an unacceptable whip for Glazer, the goalkeeper of Israel. A Romania that still has to suffer to confirm the classification, because they played in the last minutes with one less player due to the dismissal of Mihaila. But the scoreboard won’t move and Romania will be in the Euro Cup thanks to one of its most famous football surnames: Hagi.
30 years after his father
Ianis Hagi’s goal also coincided with a remarkable anniversary. And 30 years later (almost exactly, on November 17, 1993), his father, Gica Hagi, scored in Romania’s victory over Wales (1-2) that gave them qualification for the 1994 World Cup, perhaps the tournament that gives the most. glory to the Romanian team. In that tournament, which was led by the man known as Maradona among the Carpathians, it did very well to reach the quarterfinals, after defeating Argentina in the round of 16 and losing to Sweden in the quarterfinal penalty shootout.
Gabi Kanichowsky (61′, Eli Dasa), Mohamed Abu Fani (62′, Neta Lavi), Valentin Mihaila (64′, Denis Dragus), Florinel Coman (64′, Ianis Hagi), Tai Baribo (75′, Roy Revivo), Fish Day (76′, Anan Khalaili), Marius Marin (76′, Vladimir Screciu), Adrian Rus (86′, Nicolae Stanciu), Alexandru Cicâldau (86′, Razvan Marin)
1-0, 1′: It1-1, 9′: George Puskas1-2, 62′: Ianis Hagi
Referee: François Letexier
Referee VAR: Jerome Brisard, Eric Wattellier
Miguel Vitor (36′, Yellow) Florinel Teodor Coman (70′, Yellow) Andrei Ratiu (77′, Yellow) Tai Baribo (82′, Yellow) Valentin Mihaila (83′, Red) It (90′, Yellow)
Group I PT PJ PG PE PP
Group I PT PJ PG PE PP