All of Europe watched Belgium-Portugal last night. In the foreign media praise can be read for various Red Devils. Many were also critical of Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance. “The Dortmund Belgians are sending Ronaldo on a love holiday!”

The Netherlands: “Will there finally be a prize for the Belgians?”

At the Dutch AD it is just a matter of scrolling past articles about “the sad decline of Orange”. They are more positive about the performance of the Belgians. “It certainly wasn’t great, but on their journey through the minefield schedule, they did reach the first intermediate station, where Italy is waiting, without damage.”

“Would it finally happen? The Belgians have come three times in a row since 2014 with a golden crop to a major tournament and also for 2021 it was the case in advance: it is now or never for the best generation Belgium has ever had. Will it remain a team of applause, or will there finally be a tangible prize?”

Italy: “Draw would have been no shame”

At the top of the website of Gazzetta dello Sport, the leading newspaper in the country we meet on Friday, are the injuries of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. “Will they get fit for the confrontation with us?”, they also wonder in the boot.

“A draw in Belgium-Portugal would not have been a shame”, the match report reads. “Portugal was often dominant, but wasted two excellent opportunities. Belgium still had some difficulties in the back with the trio Alderweireld-Vertonghen-Vermaelen. But a goal by Thorgan Hazard, which Rui Patricio could do more with, decided the match.”

England: ‘Eden Hazard showed his old bliss’

In England, the press shared the concerns about Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. “Belgium is in the quarter-finals, but at what cost?” asks The Telegraph.

“The golden generation is on 3 games to end their quest for international glory, but maybe they will have to do that without Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. The latter once again showed his old bliss against Portugal. His injury couldn’t have come at a worse time.”

The Mirror read: “Belgium underlined its status by sending the defending champion home. Martinez’s troops floated relatively easily through the group stage and straightened their backs when they had to.”

“During the previous major tournaments they went through a training course. If that is necessary to ultimately triumph, Belgium has certainly learned all its lessons.”

Spain: “It was the night of the “other” Hazard”

“Portugal was better, but Cristiano Ronaldo did not show,” the conclusion in the Spanish AS, which praises the Hazard brothers. “The brothers Eden and Thorgan Hazard reigned on a starry night in Seville.”

“Actually, no one expected that “other” Hazard would make the difference. The Madrista’s little brothers shot Belgium, which was more calculated than brilliant, to the quarterfinals.

Marca also sprinkles praise for that other player from the Royal. “Courtois and Hazard dethroned Ronaldo. The European Championship must look for a new king.”

Germany: “Dortmund Belgians send Ronaldo on love holiday”

“The Dortmund Belgians are sending Ronaldo on a love holiday,” shouts Germany’s Bild. “Those holidays were undoubtedly not scheduled with the superstar. But Thorgan Hazard scored a dream goal on the instructions of his teammate Thomas Meunier.”

Furthermore, the idiosyncratic Bild noticed something about Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina in the stands. “A small antenna could be seen in her top, along with a black box. Apparently a Netflix documentary about the Ronaldo family is being played.”

Then we are already looking forward to the episode with Belgium-Portugal…

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