Hazard Stars As Belgians Trash Hungary To Reach First Ever European Championship Quarter-finals

UEFA Euro 2016

Round of 16

June 26th

Stadium Municipal de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

hungary 0-4 belgium

10′ Alderweireld

78′ Batshuayi

79′ Hazard

90′ Ferreira-Carrasco

Belgium progressed into their first ever European Championship Quarter-final after defeating Hungary 4-0 at the Stadium Municipal de Toulouse in Toulouse.

Belgium did make it to a Final in 1980 and a Semi-final in 1972 prior to this European Championship, but that was before the Quarter-finals were introduced to the structure of the tournament.

An early goal from the head of Toby Alderweireld put the Belgians ahead before the break before substitute Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard and another substitute Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco all struck in the second-half.

Belgium started well and went close in the fifth minute when De Bruyne found Romelu Lukaku with a cross and the former Chelsea striker did well to keep hold of the ball before firing an effort that Gábor Király smothered behind.

Five minutes later, Belgium went ahead. A Kevin De Bruyne delivery from a freekick was met by Alderweireld who headed home past Király.

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Four minutes later, Belgium should have made it two when Lukaku swept a lovely pass to De Bruyne who was through on goal but with just Király to beat, his effort was saved by the feet of the keeper.

In the 29th minute, Belgium went close again when a Belgium counter-attack saw Eden Hazard find Lukaku who seeked out De Bruyne with a dinked pass but the Manchester City midfielder’s header was straightforward for Király.

In the 34th minute, Belgium went very close to getting a second after a De Bruyne freekick was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Király.

Four minutes later, Hungary went close to pulling a goal back when Gergő Lovrencsics let fly from-range but his effort drifted inches over the bar, an effort that had Thibaut Courtois scrambling. Two minutes later, they went close again when Balázs Dzsudzsák fired an effort just inches wide of the goal from-range.

A minute later, Belgium should have made it two when Hazard found Dries Mertens in space and he composed himself before firing an effort that Király palmed away, although he really should have scored.

Belgium started the second-half in the ascendancy and immediately went close to a second when Hazard surged forward before cutting inside to unleash an effort that Király was forced to tip behind.

In the 49th minute, Hungary went close when substitute Ákos Elek combined well with Ádám Szalai who fired wide from a tight-angle. Four minutes later, Hungary went close when Dzsudzsák sent in a teasing delivery that was met by Szalai who headed just wide via a deflection off Thomas Vermaelen.

After the hour-mark, Hungary went close to levelling the scores. In the 65th minute Ádam Pintér fired a deflected effort that Courtois was forced to tip over the bar. Two minutes later, they went close again when a Hungary freekick fell to Roland Juhász who fired inches wide of the far-post.

Eleven minutes later, Belgium doubled their lead. After a Belgium corner was cleared to Hazard, the Chelsea midfielder flicked the ball past two Hungary players before sending a fine cross into the path of substitute Batshuayi who was onside and tapped home. It was his first touch.

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A minute later, Belgium got another in quick-succession. A Belgium counter-attack saw De Bruyne find Hazard who cut inside to beat two players before firing home past Király into the bottom corner.

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Despite the scoreline, Hungary were still trying to pull a goal back and they went close in the 82nd minute when a corner caused havoc for Belgium. The ball fell to Ádám Szalai who fired an effort that forced Courtois into a good save with the keeper having to tip the ball over the bar. From the resulting corner, they went close again. After the corner was cleared, the ball fell to Lovrencsics whose driven effort was saved by Courtois who gathered at the second-attempt.

In the 89th minute, Hungary went close to finding a consolation when Elek did well to create a yard of space before firing an effort that Courtois palmed away.

A minute later, Belgium made it four. After Ádám Nagy lost possession, Belgium broke on the counter with Radja Nainggolan who found Ferreira-Carrasco who slotyed home past Király to complete the rout.

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That was the last action of the match as Belgium progressed into the Quarter-finals of the tournament.

The result meant that Hungary bow out of the competition days after winning their group, whilst Belgium progress into the Quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in their history. Belgium face Wales in the next round.

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