Portugal out of the European Championship after losing to Belgium

Thorgan Hazard scored in the first half with a powerful shot, to lead Belgium to a 1-0 victory over defending champion Portugal, and advance to the quarter-finals of the European Football Championship 2020, Sunday. Hazard found a space and hit a powerful ball from 20 meters to open the scoring against the course of play in the 42nd minute, so Belgium went up to face Italy, who had not lost in the last 31 games. Kevin De Bruyne, returning from a facial injury, was left in pain three minutes into the second half after sustaining an ankle injury before the break. Diogo Jota missed an opportunity in each half for Portugal, while Rafael Guerrero’s shot was answered by the post in the 83rd minute, but the defending champion failed to equalize despite her improvement in the second half. Belgium will play against Italy, who defeated Austria 2-1, on Saturday, in Munich on the second of next July.

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