August 1, 2021

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Next Level Game Over

Euro 2020 results, scores, Portugal vs Belgium, Cristiano Ronaldo, Netherlands vs Czech Republic, goals, fixtures, next games, kick off times


BELGIUM 1-0 PORTUGAL

A rocket from Thorgan Hazard knocked reigning champions Portugal out of Euro 2020 on Sunday and earned Belgium a blockbuster quarter-final with Italy.

Hazard’s swerving shot before half-time sealed a 1-0 win for Belgium and settled a scrappy contest in Seville that never really lived up to its billing as the stand-out tie of the last 16.

Cristiano Ronaldo tested Thibaut Courtois with a dipping free-kick in the first half but the 36-year-old neither broke the international goals record nor added to his five for the tournament.

Raphael Guerreiro went closest to a late equaliser when his shot came back off the post but Belgium were the braver, more fluid team and deservedly edged through.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s dreams of a double are over. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / POOL / AFP)Source: AFP

They will now face Italy in Munich on Friday and possibly without Kevin De Bruyne, who hobbled off injured in the second half but returned to the pitch to join the celebrations at the end.

For all the superstar names on the pitch, it was Eden Hazard’s less heralded brother Thorgan who proved decisive, the Borussia Dortmund winger who Eden once said had even more talent than him.

Portugal, meanwhile, stuck to the defensive approach that served them so well in France five years ago but has perhaps been outgrown by a side that now boasts some of the most creative technicians in the world.

NETHERLANDS 0-2 CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech Republic reached the Euro 2020 quarter-finals Sunday after stunning the 10-man Netherlands 2-0 in Budapest thanks to second-half strikes by Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick.

The goals, a header by Holes and a clinical finish by Schick, arrived after Matthijs de Ligt was sent off in the 55th minute, and secured the efficient Czechs a deserved berth in the last eight against Denmark in Baku on July 3.

Netherlands coach Frank de Boer, who said winning the tournament was his objective, was left to rue his misfiring side’s failure to land a shot on target in a tense and often niggly encounter.

“You have to take your chances at this level, and we didn’t today, it wasn’t good enough, the players did not reach their usual level,” said De Boer.

Having emerged as Group C winners with a 100 percent record after playing all three of their games in Amsterdam, the fancied Dutch were on the road for the first time in the tournament.



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