Belgium will play against Italy in the European Champions‘ quarterfinals. The Red Devils had enough of a fine Thorgan Hazard goal to shake off the lepe Portuguese by 1-0.
The strike between Belgium and Portugal was one of two absolute top players in the eighth finals on paper, and both sides certainly made it true. In the first half, the game waved up and down and moments arose for both goals. However, Rui Patricio and Thibaut Courtois, the two goalkeepers of service, did not have to take action.
The competition really broke open until Thorgan Hazard got it on his hips. The Red Devils’ wing attacker and younger brother of Eden Hazard got the ball to his court and let the leather sail with a nice curve along the goalkeeper‘s outstretched arms. It’s a great goal and enough to get the peace ahead.
In the second half it was up to Portugal to make something of the game, but the formation of national coach Fernando Santos barely succeeded. Cristiano Ronaldo and his team mates were only physically asserted and caused, among others, the retreat of the injured Kevin de Bruyne, but goals did not reach.
Only in the final phase did the Southern Europeans insisted and Courtois acting. Ten minutes before time, the Belgian goalie picked a Header by Ruben Dias from the goalmouth and a little later a shot of Rúben Guerreiro popped on the pole, but luck was on the side of the Red Devils. They survived the last minutes with hanging and strangling and thus placed in front of the quarterfinals, in which Italy awaits.