Cristiano Ronaldo disappointed as Belgium down Portugal in Euro 2020 last 16

Belgium have squeezed into the quarter-final of Euro 2020 thanks to Thorgan Hazard’s memorable strike in a 1-0 win over Portugal in Seville on Sunday night.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder proved the difference with a superbly struck shot from outside the penalty area just three minutes before the half time whistle.

Otherwise there was little of note in the first half, but that was more than made up for in the second stanza in an end-to-end 45 minutes full of aggression and intent from both teams.

Portugal had a string of chances over the half which were either squandered or kept out by Belgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois.

Cristiano Ronaldo never fashioned a clear chance for himself in the contest, with the best chances perhaps falling to the wrong men in the likes of Raphael Guerreiro and Ruben Dias.

The reigning champions are out of the tournament while Belgium go on to face Italy in the last eight in Munich.

The first half was an almost entirely forgettable affair other than for the excellent goal from Hazard.

Diogo Jota dragged a half chance well wide for Portugal, but there were otherwise few opportunities before the break.

Cristiano Ronaldo disappointed as Belgium down Portugal in Euro 2020 last 16

Thorgan Hazard provided the first half entertainment, though, with a superbly hit strike from just outside the penalty area, which wrong-footed Rui Patricio in the Portugal goal thanks to the sliced swerve he put on the ball.

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The Belgian didn’t find the corner of the net, but he didn’t need to, with Patricio stepping to his right before attempting to shift his weight back to his left, but too late.

Portugal pushed hard for the equaliser throughout the second half and their cause was made easier by Kevin De Bruyne limping out of the contest just three minutes into the second half with an injury.

Bruno Fernandes was introduced from the bench for Portugal and they looked increasingly threatening, with Ruben Dias heading straight at Thibault Courtois from close range and Raphael Guerreiro hitting a post.

Another substitute, Andre Silva, also had a good chance at the back post from a Ronaldo flick-on but Courtois smothered it.

The second half was as thrilling as the first was dull, with a spicy element creeping as both sides lost discipline and there were a number of fiery clashes, most notably between Romelu Lukaku and Pepe.

The game narrowly avoided a red card and Belgium narrowly held off the Portugal assault, holding onto their 1-0 lead and booking a quarter-final meeting with Italy on Friday. Metro

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