[이데일리 스타in 이석무 기자] Belgium, the number one player in the FIFA ranking, defeated the defending champion Portugal, which Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) endured.
Belgium defeated Portugal 1-0 on the 28th (Korean time) at the Olympico de la Cartuja Stadium in Seville, Spain, thanks to a winning goal from Thorgang Hazard (Dortmund) in the 42nd minute of the Euro 2020 round of 16 match. pressed
With this, Belgium succeeded in advancing to the quarterfinals for two consecutive tournaments following the 2016 tournament. On the other hand, Portugal, who had won their first title at Euro 2016, lost their second consecutive championship. In particular, the loss was even more painful because it is likely to be the last tournament for Ronaldo, who is 36 years old.
Ronaldo, who scored five goals in the group stage alone, equaling the record of 109 goals in an A match with Ali Daei (Iran), was unable to add a goal that day and had to postpone the achievement of the new record until later.
Overall, Portugal dominated Belgium. Portugal lead 23-6 in shots and 4-1 in shots on target. Ronaldo also shot four times. However, it was hardly ever related to scoring.
Belgium, on the other hand, had only one shot on target that resulted in a goal. In the 42nd minute of the first half, Thorgang Hazard’s right-footed out-front shot shook Portugal’s net and became the winning goal.
In the round of 16 match held at Pushkassi Arena in Budapest, Hungary, the Czech Republic defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in a 10-man match and advanced to the quarterfinals.
It was a Dutch handball foul that decided the match. Dutch defender Mateis Dericht (Juventus) struck with his hand in the process of competing with opposition striker Patrick Sik (Leverkusen) in the early part of the second half, and a handball foul was declared.
At first, the referee drew a yellow card to Derricht, but after video review (VAR), the referee judged that it was intentional, and the color of the card was changed to a red card.
Czech Republic, who had a numerical advantage, took the lead in the game and continued to push. In the 23rd minute of the second half, Tomasi Callas (Bristol City) received a header pass from a free kick and Tomash Halsey (Prague) finished with a header again to break the balance of 0.
Then, in the 35th minute of the second half, Halsey took the ball from the Dutch half and made a pass, and Chic scored a goal to put the game on the line.