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Euro Cup : Belgium beat defending champions Portugal in a round of 16 match; 36-year-Ronaldo’s possible last Euro Cup | Belgium beat defending champions Portugal in a round of 16 match; The 36-year-old could be Ronaldo’s last Euro Cup

By Puneet Chaudhary - June 28, 2021

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In the second match, Portugal’s team proved to be unlucky. In the first half, Belgium counter-attacked, but they did not play a single in front of Portugal’s defender. In the 42nd minute of the match, Torgan Hazard of Belgium took a long shot, which was missed by Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio and the ball entered the goal. Belgium were leading 1-0 at half time. In the second half, Portugal came back and created several chances, but the goal could not be scored.

Luck did not favor Portugal
Ruben Dias’ header was blocked by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. At the same time, a shot from Rafael Guerrero hit the goal post. Looking at the statistics, the Belgian team attempted only 6 shots and only Hazard’s goal was on target. At the same time, Portugal attempted 23 shots and remained on target. But the team could not score. Portugal had 58% and Belgium had 42% ball possession.

Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne meeting Ronaldo after the match.

Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne meeting Ronaldo after the match.

After the match, Romelu Lukaku of Belgium hugged Ronaldo.

After the match, Romelu Lukaku of Belgium hugged Ronaldo.

Ronaldo and Pepe’s last Euro Cup?
Portugal team could not score for the first time in the last 9 Euro Cup matches. After the defeat, Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, and defender Pepe, 38, looked very disappointed. This could be the last Euro Cup for both of them. This player will retire from international football until the next tournament in 2024. However, both can play in the FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar next year.

Belgium will match Italy
At the same time, the Belgian team will now face the Italian team in the quarter-finals. Italy is unbeaten from last 31 matches. At the same time, it has won its last 17 matches. Belgium’s Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne were injured during the match. There is suspense on playing the next matches of these two.

Portugal's Joao Felix and Ronaldo disappointed after the loss.

Portugal’s Joao Felix and Ronaldo disappointed after the loss.

Torgan Hazard (right) of Belgium after scoring.

Torgan Hazard (right) of Belgium after scoring.

Belgium could not win the quarter-finals after 1972
The last time the Belgian team won in the quarter-finals was in 1972. Then he defeated Italy only. Since then the team has not progressed beyond the quarter-finals. They were defeated by Netherlands in 1976 and by Wales in 2016. Belgium’s team last met in Euro 2016. Italy then defeated Belgium 2–0 in the group stage.

Belgium is invincible from last 13 matches
Belgium have lost just 1 match out of their last 27 matches. At the same time, in 23 matches, the team won and 3 matches were drawn. They are unbeaten from last 13 matches. Out of this, the team has won 10 matches and drawn 3. The team has played 22 matches against Italy. Out of this 4 have been won and 4 matches have been drawn. Belgium has lost 14 matches against Italy.

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