Watch Highlights And Full Match HD: Belgium vs Portugal
Tournament: Euro 2020
Date : 27-June-2021
Belgium vs Portugal Fist Half
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Belgium vs Portugal Second Half
Belgium vs Portugal Highlights
Belgium vs Portugal + Report
Hazard heroics send Belgium into quarter-finals
Belgium are through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020, vanquishing holders Portugal 1-0 in a fiery clash, which saw Thorgan Hazard step out of his brother Eden’s shadow by scoring a first-half winner.
Despite facing the number-one ranked side in the world, Portugal made an impressive start, with Diogo Jota wasting the game’s first big opening. The Liverpool man fired wide from inside the box, after excellent work by the lively Renato Sanches, but that still set the tone for the early stages in this clash of titans.
Twenty minutes later, ‘A Seleção’ came close again, with Cristiano Ronaldo – knowing just one goal would see him surpass Ali Daei’s international goals record of 109 – having a powerful free kick saved expertly by Thibaut Courtois.
Belgium grew into the game after that near-miss, and broke the deadlock three minutes before HT through Thorgan Hazard. The midfielder, playing at left wing-back, picked the ball up from outside the box, before arrowing a powerful effort that swerved beyond the outstretched dive of Rui Patrício in the Portuguese goal.
With influential Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne forced off through injury at HT, Portugal raised the tempo. However, for the second time in the match – and to the audible frustration of the Portuguese contingent in the Seville crowd – Jota wasted a golden opportunity despite being well-placed in the Belgian penalty area.
Portugal continued to apply pressure on the Belgian goal until the dying moments, with Ruben Dias having a header repelled by Courtois, before Raphael Guerreiro saw an effort agonisingly rattle against the post. Ultimately, Belgium were worthy victors, and now face a mouthwatering quarter-final clash with fellow group-stage perfectionists Italy in Munich on Friday evening.