Belgium takes the first big blow of the Eurocup. There will be a new champion in this edition after the selection of Roberto Martinez have eliminated Portugal in the La Cartuja Stadium. Fourth consecutive national team tournament that the Belgians get into the quarterfinals after the brothers Hazard they were guided. A great shot from Thorn was enough to beat Rui Patricio. Later, Eden he recovered his best level to maintain the result. [Narración y estadísticas: Bélgica 1-0 Portugal]
The player of the Real Madrid He showed a version more like the player that the whole world had seen before of his physical problems. After playing a full game again in the third game of the group stage, Martinez once again trusted him to start as a starter. Eden did not fail in this opportunity that the coach gave him, taking on the responsibility of guiding Belgium every time he saw the moment to go out with the ball played.
Portugal saw that their pipes were causing some cracks and they opted for the collision route. Eden is not a player with great confidence when it comes to going to the clash and trying to win the duel. This is how they tried to diminish the sparkles left by the extreme. They seem to have forgotten that he wasn’t the only Hazard on the court. There appeared a Thorgan who deserved the MVP award after the game for being the only one capable of breaking the balance.
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Just before halftime, the player of the Borussia Dortmund He leaned out from the front and, given the difficulties they were finding to enter the area, decided to shoot. That’s where the effect of who is the most destabilizing goalkeeper in an even game came into play. Rui Patricio could do something else, although the ball had a somewhat strange effect. The middleweight of the Hazard family scored to give a blow on the table that would be final.
It would not be for lack of push from Portugal. Thibaut Courtois he had to appear and saw on several occasions how the clubs were on his side. Diego Jota would forgive after the restart only in the area sending the ball high and Joao Felix, who was playing his first minutes in the tournament, ran into the Real Madrid giant after a great header. The goalkeeper would have another providential intervention even clearer before Ruben Dias after he finished practically in the small area. A minute later, Raphael Warrior sent it to the left stick.
They have not read a name in all this text; the one of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Juventus player did not have a great performance and only intimidated with a set piece: he smashed two balls against the wall in two very focused fouls. Yes, Pepe appeared to leave the ugly action of the party and form a rather tumultuous tangana. The most negative note was still the physical problems of Kevin De Bruyne, which ended the first half limping and in the second could not continue.
Belgium 1-0 Portugal
Belgium: Courtois; Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Alderweireld; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Thorgan Hazard (Dendoncker, min. 95); De Bruyne (Mertens, min. 48), Lukaku, Eden Hazard (Carrasco, min. 87).
Portugal: Rui Patricio; Dalot, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Warrior; Joao Moutinho (Joao Félix, min. 55), Palhinha (Danilo, min. 78), Renato Sanches (Sergio Oliveira, min. 78); Bernardo Silva (Bruno Fernandes, min. 55), Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota (André Silva, min. 70).
Goal: 1-0, min. 42, Thorgan Hazard.
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany). He admonished the Belgians Vermaelen (min. 72) and Alderweireld (min. 81), and on the part of Portugal to Palhinha (min. 45), Dalot (min. 51) and Pepe (min. 77).
Incidents: Match of the round of 16 of the European Championship, played at the La Cartuja stadium, in Seville, before some 16,000 spectators, the maximum capacity allowed by the measures against COVID-19. Players knelt on the grass before kick-off against racism and xenophobia.