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Thorgan Hazard 41' -
Scored: 41'

Euro 2020 Report: Belgium 1 - 0 Portugal

Mon, Jun 28 2021

Thorgan Hazard of Belgium celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Belgium and Portugal at Estadio La Cartuja on June 27, 2021 in Seville, Spain. Credit: Photo by Fran Santiago - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

A goal just before half-time sent Belgium through to the last eight of Euro 2020 after they survived the loss of key players through injury and a late rally from the reigning champions.

Despite having the better chances and greater possession, the Portuguese were powerless to prevent their fate as the Euro 2016 champions were dumped out in Seville.

Both sides had early chances in a cagey opening. Renato Sanches had the first as he advanced through the midfield to play an incisive ball into Diego Jota. However, he shot wide across goal when the opportunity presented itself.

Moments later Thomas Meunier was found by Youri Tielemans down the right, but the full-back overhit his cross to the frustration of in-form Romelu Lukaku.  

Cristiano Ronaldo’s first opportunity came from a free-kick after Thomas Vermaelen handled outside the area.

His effort went past the wall and reached Thibaut Courtois before it was punched away by the Real Madrid shot-stopper who scrambled clear before anyone could follow up on the danger.

Portugal grew more into the game as the half progressed with the likes of Sanches and Jaoa Moutinho becoming more influential on a number of occasions as Liverpool forward Diogo Jota stretched the Belgian backline.

However, it proved to be a cautious affair as both side’s cancelled each other out.

But just before the break, the Belgians took the lead through a swerving effort on goal from Thorgan Hazard.

Portugal had been on the attack before Belgium countered – and full-back Meunier teed up Hazard with a neat pass before the wing-back let fly with a powerful drive that flew past Rui Patricio into the top corner.

Belgium were dealt a blow at the start of the second-half as Kevin De Bruyne was forced off after being on the receiving end of a late challenge moments before the break.  

Both sides were struggling to carve out anything of note in a drab start to the second-half, with the closest Portugal coming to an equaliser being through a burst into the box from Ronaldo.

The Juventus star played a one-two before sliding it inside to Jota who swiped at the ball s he skied his effort over the bar.

Joao Felix then had a chance from a deep cross into the back post, but his header went straight at Courtois.

As time ran out for the Portuguese, and their frustrations grew – they began to push even more for a late leveller.

Bruno Fernandes swung in a corner that Andre Silva rose highest to, but Courtois was able to palm it away in time. The resulting corner was played short into the path of Raphael Guerreiro who then shot against the post.

Romelu Lukaku barged past a few challenges to set up Yannick Carrasco on the break, but the substitute took too long with the chance and was crowded out by some frantic defending.

Belgium were able to hold out despite conceding some chances, although they will be forced to sweat on the fitness of Eden Hazard who pulled up late on with an apparent thigh injury.

A quarter-final date with Italy now awaits them in Munich on Friday.


Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Toby Alderweireld; Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Thomas Meunier, Thorgan Hazard (Leander Dendoncker 90); Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard (c) (Yannick Ferreira Carrasco 86), Kevin de Bruyne (Dries Mertens 48).

Subs not used: Leandro Trossard, Matz Sels, Dennis Praet, Simon Mignolet, Jeremy Doku, Jason Denayer, Dedryck Boyata, Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi.

Booked: Thomas Vermaelen (71), Toby Alderweireld (80).

Portugal: Rui Patricio; Raphael Guerreiro, Rúben Dias, Kepler de Lima Ferreira (Pepe), Diogo Dalot; Renato Sanches (Sergio Oliveira 78), Joao Palhinha (Danilo Pereira 78), Joao Moutinho (Joao Felix 56); Bernardo Silva (Bruno Fernandes 56), Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota (André Silva 69).

Subs not used: Rui Silva, Nelson Semedo, Rúben Neves, Nuno Mendes, Pedro Goncalves , José Fonte, William Carvalho.

Booked: Joao Palhinha (42) ,Diogo Dalot (50) Kepler de Lima Ferreira (Pepe) (75).

Referee: Dr. Felix Brych.

Attendance: 11,054.

extratime.com Player of the Match: Thomas Meunier (Belgium).

WJune 21, 2021
Finland 0 - 2 Belgium
WJune 27, 2021
Belgium 1 - 0 Portugal
LJuly 2, 2021
Belgium 1 - 2 Italy
LOct. 7, 2021
Belgium 2 - 3 France
LOct. 10, 2021
Italy 2 - 1 Belgium
Thibaut Courtois 1
Jan Vertonghen 5
Thomas Vermaelen 3
Booked: 71'
Toby Alderweireld 2
Booked: 80'
Axel Witsel 6
Youri Tielemans 8
Thomas Meunier 15
Thorgan Hazard 16
Scored: 41'
90Subbed Off: Leander Dendoncker 90'
Romelu Lukaku 9
© Eden Hazard 10
86Subbed Off: Yannick Carrasco 86'
Kevin de Bruyne 7
48Subbed Off: Dries Mertens 48'

Leandro Trossard 24
Matz Sels 13
Dennis Praet 26
Simon Mignolet 12
Dries Mertens 14
48Subbed On: Kevin de Bruyne 48'
Yannick Carrasco 11
86Subbed On: Eden Hazard 86'
Jeremy Doku 25
Leander Dendoncker 19
90Subbed On: Thorgan Hazard 90'
Jason Denayer 18
Dedryck Boyata 4
Christian Benteke 20
Michy Batshuayi 23
WSept. 1, 2021
Portugal 2 - 1 Ireland
WSept. 7, 2021
Azerbaijan 0 - 3 Portugal
WOct. 12, 2021
Portugal 5 - 0 Luxembourg
DNov. 11, 2021
Ireland 0 - 0 Portugal
LNov. 14, 2021
Portugal 1 - 2 Serbia
1 Rui Patricio
5 Raphael Guerreiro
4 Rúben Dias
3 Pepe
Booked: 75'
Diogo Dalot
Booked: 50'
16 Renato Sanches
Midfielder 78'
78Subbed Off: Sergio Oliveira 78'
26 Joao Palhinha
Booked: 42'
78Subbed Off: Danilo 78'
8 Joao Moutinho
Midfielder 56'
56Subbed Off: Joao Felix 56'
10 Bernardo Silva
Forward 56'
56Subbed Off: Bruno Fernandes 56'
7 Cristiano Ronaldo
21 Diogo Jota
Forward 69'
69Subbed Off: André Silva 69'

9 André Silva
Forward 69'
69Subbed On: Diogo Jota 69'
22 Rui Silva
2 Nelson Semedo
13 Danilo
Midfield 78'
78Subbed On: Joao Palhinha 78'
24 Sergio Oliveira
Midfield 78'
78Subbed On: Renato Sanches 78'
18 Rúben Neves
25 Nuno Mendes
19 Pedro Goncalves
6 José Fonte
11 Bruno Fernandes
Midfield 56'
56Subbed On: Bernardo Silva 56'
23 Joao Felix
Forward 56'
56Subbed On: Joao Moutinho 56'
14 William Carvalho


Competition: Euro 2020 Round of 16

Date: 8 p.m. June 27, 2021

Venue: La Cartuja Stadium, Sevilla

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown