Wednesday, November 29, 2023

    Euro 2020 roundup: Czech Republic and Belgium reach quarter-finals with one-sided wins

    Budapest. Second-half goals from Tomas Hols and Patrik Schick helped the Czech Republic beat the Netherlands 2-0 to book a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020. The Netherlands were forced to play with 10 men after Matthias de Liet was sent off in the 55th minute of the second half and the Czech Republic took full advantage. For the Czech Republic, nobody other than Sheik scored in the tournament for the first time. In the 68th minute, midfielder Holes scored a free kick header from the right corner to give the team the lead.
    Then in the 80th minute, Holes scored for Schick, who scored his fourth goal of the tournament. Schick scored both goals in the Czech Republic’s 2–0 win over Scotland. He also scored in the 1-1 draw against Croatia. Currently, only Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo (five) has more goals in the tournament.

    Hazard scored the decisive goal

    On the other hand, Belgium surrounded Cristiano Ronaldo at one end and adopted an aggressive approach at the other end, defeating current champions Portugal 1-0 to reach the quarter-finals. World number one ranking team Belgium did not allow Ronaldo to score in Sunday’s match, which lost to Portugal. Ronaldo’s frustration was evident as the final whistle blew. Belgium will face Italy in Munich on Friday.

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    Belgium front-line players Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku also struggled, but Thorgan Hazard’s goal in the 42nd minute proved decisive. Belgium had to play most of the second half without De Bruyne, who injured his ankle.

    Tags: Euro 2020, football news, game news

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