Defending Champions Portugal eliminated from Euro 2020

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Defending Champions Portugal eliminated from Euro 2020

In an amazing fixture of Round of 16, defending champions Portugal were knocked out of Euro 2020 with a 1-0 defeat to Belgium. A 43rd-minute strike from Thorgan Hazard secured the win for Roberto Martinez’s team, who survived plenty of pressure from the Portuguese in the second half. Belgium will next face Italy in a mouth-watering quarter-final fixture.

Belgium vs Portugal Final Score

Belgium   1 – 0   Portugal

Belgium qualified for the Round of 16 with three wins in three games from Group B. During the group stages, they scored seven goals and conceded only one. Portugal, on the other hand, have qualified as one of the best third-placed teams and won only one of the three group stage games.

Belgium vs Portugal Highlights

A Thorgen Hazard goal in the first half proved to be the difference between Belgium and Portugal, the defending champions. Belgium’s Thorgan Hazard thundered in a first-half winner as they beat title holders Portugal 1-0 in their Euro 2020 last-16 game to move into the last eight. Hazard found enough space after a swift passing move to rifle home from 20 metres and score against the run of play in the 42nd minute.

Belgium vs Portugal Starting XI

Portugal starting XI: Rui Patricio (GK), Guerreiro, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Dalot, Renato Sanches, Joao Palhinha, Joao Moutinho, Diogo Jota, Bernando Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitutes: Lopes (GK), Rui Silva (GK), Nelson Semedo, Fonte, Andre Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Danilo, Ruben Neves, Pedro Goncalves, Joao Felix, Sergio Oliveira, Nuno Mendes.

Belgium starting XI: Courtois (GK), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Vermaelen, Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Thorgan Hazard, De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Lukaku.

Substitutes: Mignolet (GK), Sels (GK), Boyata, Carrasco, Mertens, Denayer, Dendoncker, Benteke, Batshuayi, Trossard, Doku, Praet.