Thorgan Hazard scored arguably the goal of the tournament to help Belgium to a 1-0 victory over Portugal at Euro 2020. It was a very cagey game with both sides reluctant to put all their resources into the attack. Hazard’s long-range shot swerved and deceived Rui Patricio in the Portugal net.
In the second half, Portugal had the better of the chances after bringing on Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix. Cristiano Ronaldo had his free-kick saved with a brilliant stop from Thibaut Courtois. Raphael Guerreiro hit the post for the Portuguese late on. The Belgians hung on for the rest of the time to seal a huge victory. they will now face Italy in the quarter-finals.
Belgium: Courtois (8), Alderweireld (7), Vermaelen (8), Vertonghen (7), Meunier (7), Witsel (7), Tielemans (7), T Hazard (8), De Bruyne (6), E Hazard (8), Lukaku (6).
Subs used: Mertens (6), Dendoncker (6), Carrasco (6).
Portugal: Patricio (6), Dalot (6), Pepe (6), Dias (6), Guerreiro (7), Palhinha (6), Moutinho (6), Sanches (8), B Silva (7), Ronaldo (7), Jota (5).
Subs used: Fernandes (7), Felix (6), Silva (6), Danilo (6).
Man of the match: Thorgan Hazard
Portugal boss Fernando Santos: “I think the result is unfair but this is football. They scored, we didn’t. After 10, 15 minutes when we didn’t play that well and they pushed us back, we found our stride. We played with a strong mentality, we tried to attack when we had possession.” he said after Belgium beat Portugal.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez: “I thought we had incredible concentration, we defended really well. We controlled the game in the first half, scored a very good goal, and the more that they had the momentum, we had to show an incredible mentality; we were disciplined, tactically astute.”