Portugal lost to Belgium, 1-0, this Sunday, at La Cartuja Stadium, in Spain, and says goodbye to Euro 2020. The only goal of the match was scored by Thorgan Hazard.
The first part of the game saw the two teams assume a very cautious posture, not wanting to take unnecessary risks and be the first team to concede a goal. Portugal even had the first big opportunity of the match, in a quick counterattack, with Renato Sanches putting the ball in Diogo Jota, who missed the target with a very crooked shot.
When the 0-0 seemed close to holding until the end of the first half, Belgium’s great goal came from Thorgan Hazard, in the 42nd minute. The midfielder shot with great force from outside the area, on the left side of the Belgian attack, without any chance for Rui Patrício.
In the second part, the selection of the corners entered with the desire to change the result, but Ronaldo and company had a lot of difficulties in destroying the defensive wall of Belgium. With time running out, Fernando Santos moved the team and bet on João Félix, Bruno Fernandes, André Silva, Danilo Pereira and Sérgio Oliveira.
Diogo Jota once again had on his feet the possibility of putting Portugal back in the competition, after a great run by Cristiano Ronaldo from the right, he crossed low to the inside of the area and Diogo Jota shot over and wasted a great opportunity.
However, it was necessary to wait for the final minutes of the match to see the best chances of danger on the part of Portugal. Raphael Guerreiro was very close to tying the score with a shot that ended with a crash on the Belgium post.
It was João Félix who had the last great opportunity of the meeting on his feet. In a move that stems from a great cut by Danilo Pereira, the young Atlético Madrid forward shot very close to Courtois’ right post, after an excellent combination with André Silva.
Fernando Santos does not hide his disappointment
At the end of the match, Fernando Santos did not hide the displeasure felt by the technical team, as well as the players, after seeing the Portuguese epic at Euro 2020 come to an end. The national coach guarantees that disappointment, sadness and tears are what predominate in the dressing room. .
The players are crying and there will certainly be many Portuguese crying. We are all sad and some of the players are crying in the booth, they gave everything they had to give and they worked really hard”, he stated.
The national coach admitted that, in the first ten minutes, the Portuguese team entered “a little behind”, but that from that moment on, his team began to create opportunities and pointed to the Belgians’ effectiveness as a crucial factor for the final result. .
This is football. They made six shots and hit one on goal. We turned 29 and hit the post twice. A defeat is a defeat and, quite honestly, I don’t have many words to say right now”, summarized the coach in the quick interview at the end of the game.
Portugal’s worst participation in European finals
In what is the eighth presence in European Championships, Portugal registered the worst participation ever. In the seven previous campaigns, the National Team reached, at least, the quarter-finals of the respective tournaments. It is important to emphasize that on eight occasions our country was not represented in the finals, the last in 1992, 29 years ago.