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The first big knockout summit at the EM 2021: In the round of 16 on Sunday evening (June 27th) European champions Portugal and World Cup third Belgium met each other. And the “Red Devils” sent the defending champion with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (36) home with a 1-0 win.

  • EM 2021: Belgium beats Portugal
  • Thorgan Hazard scores a golden goal for Belgium
  • European champions Portugal missed a successful title defense

The “Selecao” did not find an answer to the deficit shortly before the break by BVB star Thorgan Hazard (28) until well into the second half. Belgium withdrew, but defended skillfully and ultimately brought the narrow lead over time in a heated final phase with several good opportunities.

“It was a nice feeling: I score a nice goal and we win against the European champions, said Matchwinner Hazard:” The second half was very difficult. We barely had the ball, we had to run after a lot. “

EM 2021: Thorgan Hazard scores against Portugal before the break for Belgium

As usual, Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos (66) put his trust in the front line in striker and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (36). The captain scored five goals in the preliminary round alone, against Hungary (3-0) and France he even hit twice. So Ronaldo made it into the EXPRESS top eleven in the preliminary round.

With a free kick, Cristiano Ronaldo was dangerous in the European Championship game between Belgium and Portugal on Sunday (June 27th).

But against the well-adjusted Belgian defense, Ronaldo struggled in front of his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez in Seville, hung almost completely in the air and only took a free kick, which Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois parried.

The “Red Devils” did a better job, who increased the pace in a poor first round shortly before the break and were promptly rewarded.

EM 2021: Thorgan Hazard celebrates with brother Eden after his goal against Portugal.

Thorgan Hazard celebrates his opening goal in Belgium’s European Championship game against Portugal with brother Eden on June 27.

Thorgan Hazard fired on goal from a good 20 meters in the 42nd minute and caught goalkeeper Rui Patrício with a flutter ball on the wrong foot – a dream goal to lead 1-0 after half-time.

Portugal rarely have chances against Belgium

The second round started with a shock for Belgium: Superstar Kevin De Bruyne (29) had to leave the field after just two minutes on the evening before his 30th birthday. He complained of problems after a tough foul in the first half.

EM 2021: Kevin De Bruyne (2nd from right) has to leave the field at the beginning of the second round.

Kevin De Bruyne (2nd from right) had to leave the field at the start of the second round. Cristiano Ronaldo and referee Felix Brych accompany the Belgian.

Portugal could not use the failure of the opposing key player, however. Although the European champions made the better impression, had more play, but practically no clear scoring opportunities.

Heated final phase between Belgium and Portugal

So the game babbled on into the last quarter of an hour before it got heated again in several scenes. Referee Felix Brych (45) had every effort to calm the minds again.

Portugal then threw everything into the balance and had several good chances to equalize in the final minutes. Courtois held a massive, but somewhat too unplaced header from Rúben Dias, and a little later Raphael Guerreiro hit the post from 16 meters. But it was no longer enough for the longed-for compensation.

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