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UEFA Euro 2020 Round of 16, Belgium vs Portugal Highlights: Thorgen Hazard goal knocks out defending champions

UEFA Euro 2020 Round of 16, Belgium vs Portugal Highlights: A Thorgen Hazard goal in the first half proved to be the difference between Belgium's 'Golden Generation' and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, the defending champions.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 28, 2021 7:02:35 am
UEFA Euro 2020 Round of 16, Belgium vs Portugal

UEFA Euro 2020 Round of 16, Belgium vs Portugal Highlights: Roberto Martinez’s Belgium outsmarted Fernando Santos’ Portugal 1-0 in the fourth last-16 tie at the Estadio Olimpico, Seville on Sunday. A Thorgen Hazard strike late in the first half gave Belgium a 1-0 lead, and Portugal, despite getting 22 attempts on goal, never found the back of the net.

Czech Republic beat Netherlands 2-0 and booked a quarterfinal match against Denmark earlier in the evening. A Matthijs de Ligt red card, goals from Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick consigned the Dutch to defeat.

Belgium will face Italy and Czech Republic will face Denmark in the quarterfinals.

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UEFA Euro 2020 R16, Belgium vs Portugal:

02:28 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Full Time: Belgium beat Portugal 1-0

Felix's effort is the last of the match. Defending champions Portugal knocked out. 'Will this be the last we'll see him on the continental stage,' the commentator asks the question of the hour as the camera zooms in on an emotional Ronaldo.

Belgium will face Italy in the Euro 2020 quarterfinals.

02:25 (IST)28 Jun 2021
90 4' - Belgium 1-0 Portugal

Portugal throwing the kitchen sink at it. But it's all ending in frustration. Bruno Fernandes lets loose a long ranger but again, that would have found its way to Manchester. For all their efforts, Portugal have struggled to carve out clear chances. Joao Felix fires wide with less than 1 minute of added time left. Belgium can smell Azzuriland.

02:20 (IST)28 Jun 2021
90' - Belgium 1-0 Portugal - 5 minutes added time

Andre Silva almost finds Ronaldo's header with a cross from the right. Ronaldo then delivers a ball from the left, Andre Silva almost has a loose ball to slot in but Courtouis's huge frame somehow smothers the shot. The 21st attempt of the night from Portugal, they still need that crucial 1. Less than 1 minute of regulation time left.

5 minutes added time

02:17 (IST)28 Jun 2021
'88 - Belgium 1-0 Portugal

Portugal keep knocking on the door! Smashing on the door, rather. Ronaldo cuts in from the left and shoots. Vermaelen stabs it away for a corner. Thorgen Hazard makes a great run to clear for Belgium. Joao Felix comes back with a mazing run at the other end. Belgium are surving, but barely. Eden Hazard is taken off for Carrasco.

02:14 (IST)28 Jun 2021
'83 - Guerrero hits goalpost

Belgium playing total football - all their players doubling up for each other - despite the elimination of the original proponents of the style earlier today. Ruben Dias gets a strong header directed from a corner, which is straight at Courtouis though. In the 83rd minute, Portugal find the post! Guerrero! Almost. Is that the closest they are going to come tonight?

02:09 (IST)28 Jun 2021
80' - Portugal have 10 minutes to save campaign

Ronaldo goes for a cross-cum-shot that lands safely into Courtouis's hands. A flash point in the game in the 77th minute, Pepe at the middle of it. Given an yellow card for his efforts. A very aggressive tackle on Thorgen Hazard and Pepe kept going at him even after the whistle. Both sets of players come together but the referee diffuses the situation with a quick yellow card. The pressure starting to tell on Portugal. Lots of high tackles in the game now. It's now or never time!

02:05 (IST)28 Jun 2021
75' - Belgium 1-0 Portugal, Eden Hazard takes centrestage

Portugal seem to run out of ideas in the final third. Ronaldo, with his second free kick of the night, finds the middle of the Belgian wall - strikes the back of Renato Sanches actually - this time. Belgium continue playing silken football - Eden Hazard at the centre of it all.

01:53 (IST)28 Jun 2021
65' - Portugal launch offensive, 25 minutes to save crown

Ronaldo cuts in from the right and creates a chance for Jota, who again fires way above the bar! Portugal on the offensive now, they have less than half an hour to save their crown. A floated ball is met by Joao Felix with his head, but Courtouis is able to collect. Bruno Fernandes goes for a long-ranger but his shot finds its way above the bar and probably to Manchester. At the other end, the Hazard brothers combine on the left before Lukaku lets loose a shot from outside the box. Just wide! End-to-end stuff now.

01:47 (IST)28 Jun 2021
55' - Belgium 1-0 Portugal; Bruno, Felix come on for Portugal

Eden Hazard makes some great work in the 2nd half, also tracking back to defend. Belgium may have lost the talismanic De Bruyne, but the Hazard brothers are doing the job for them. Portugal need some magic of their own - Joao Felix and Bruno Fernandes are brought on. What a bench! 35 minutes to go in regulation time. Can the defending champions come back?

01:38 (IST)28 Jun 2021
2nd Half: Kevin de Bruyne goes off

Second half begins. Belgium have a problem straight up. Dries Mertens is being prepared to be brought on for Kevin de Bruyne, who is struggling with injury.

01:19 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Half Time: Belgium 1-0 Portugal

A super goal to start Belgium's knockout campaign. Lukaku and De Bruyne are yet to find a shot on target but Thorgen Hazard's goal the big difference at this stage. Portugal make an attempt to end the first half, but Palhinha slashes wide.

01:13 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Thorgen Hazard scores, Belgium 1-0 Portugal

43' - Portugal create another great passage of play as the half time whistle looms. Renato Sanches makes another rampaging run, Bernardo Silva dribbles past a few legs but his shot cannot find its way to goal. But it's Belgium who strike at the other end. A shot from outside the box from Thorgen Hazard! Swerves past Rui Patricio into the net. Excellent goal! Belgium lead 1-0. 

01:08 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Belgium make more inroads

38' - Lukaku makes a long run right into the heart of the Portuguese half, had options on both his sides, but was pulled back and ends up losing the ball. Should have been a free kick. Meunier fires a right footed shot curling in, but not enough to bend into the top corner.

01:02 (IST)28 Jun 2021
32' - Still goalless

Ronaldo draws the first save of the game! A wildly swerving free kick from more than 30 yards out tests Courtouis, who is equal to it. Pepe makes his presence felt in the Portuguese half, breaking up Belgian attacks. Goalless at the half hour mark.

00:54 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Opening salvos fired by both teams

23' - Huge roars go up in Seville as Ronaldo, on the left flank, runs into Meunier's shoulder and falls dramatically onto the floor. Moutinho delivers a long ball into the box but Belgium clear again. Meunier tries a long ball to Eden Hazard, who just misses the delivery. Belgium are threatening too.

00:43 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Portugal shade opening minutes - Jota fires wide

Renato Sanches makes a lot of room in the midfield with a rampaging run, but Jota can fire his shot from the resulting pass very wide of the Belgian goal. Portugal looking to make more forays in the first 10 minutes.

00:34 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Match begins

The match begins. Belgium in red and Portugal in white today. Lots of present and past 'Red Devils' on the pitch tonight. Ronaldo a past Manchester devil of course. Belgium hold their shape as Portugal advance in the first few minutes.

00:18 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Belgium vs Portugal record

The twenty two superstars have taken the pitch. Belgium vs Portugal in a knockout match. This is the first time the two teams are meeting in a major tournament knockout. Winner progresses to a quarterfinal with Italy. Loser goes home. Minutes remaining till the biggest clash of the Euro Cup so far. Fasten your seatbelts.

23:35 (IST)27 Jun 2021
Revival of a 'Czech-ered' past

Well well, what a feeling for Czech Republic. They've been in oblivion long enough. Since the days of Nedved and Poborsky, they have just never managed to shine in the same way - barring the occasional Smicer and Rosicky. Is this their year though? 

#BEL XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Vermaelen; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, T. Hazard; De Bruyne, E.Hazard, Lukaku. #POR XI: Patrício; Dalot, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Palhinha, Renato; Bernardo, Diogo Jota, Ronaldo.

23:27 (IST)27 Jun 2021
Czech Republic beat Netherlands 2-0

That's it! Czech Republic win 2-0 and book a quarterfinal match against Denmark. A Matthijs de Ligt red card, goals from Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick consigned the Dutch to defeat. Now time for Belgium vs Portugal, the winner of which match will play Italy in the quarters.

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