Route to the quarter-final - Belgium

Matchday one -


Starting their tournament in group B with Russia, Finland, and Denmark, Belgium were favorites to top the group before a ball was even kicked.



Their first game was a convincing win against Russia, where Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the 10th minute, followed by Thomas Mouniers' 34th-minute tap-in after poor goalkeeping from Anton Shunin.


Romelu Lukaku completed his brace with a wonderful finish with his weaker right foot in the 84th minute to finish the scoring.




Matchday two -


On paper, this was always going to be the toughest game of the group stage for Belgium, and that proved to be the case.

Yussuf Poulsen opened the scoring with a lovely finish in the 2nd minute after a calamitous error from Jason Denayer presented him with the chance, giving the Danes the lead they deserved after starting the match like a house of fire.


The second half kicked off with the mercurial Kevin De Bruyne coming on in hopes he could turn the game around for Belgium, and of course.. he did what he does best.


Scoring one of the team goals of the tournament so far, Lukaku used his strength and pace to leave two defenders on the floor, cut the ball back to De Bruyne who instead of doing what any other player in world football would do, decided to take an immaculate touch and cut the ball back across the face of goal for the onrushing Thorgan Hazard to score the easiest goal of his career and bring the game back level.


Denmark continued to have chances, with Sampdorias' Mikkel Damsgaard continuing to show why he is such a hot prospect, doing it on the big stage against a team like Belgium.


The final goal of the game came in the 70th minute, by who else? Kevin De Bruyne.


Once again, Lukaku played a key role in the goal, beating multiple defenders before passing to Tielemans give and go between the Hazard brothers, with Eden laying the ball off perfectly for De Bruyne to drill the ball into the bottom left corner, completing the comeback for Belgium.


Martin Braithwaite had a glorious yet difficult chance late on in the game but only managed to get his header onto the top of the crossbar, the Danes went on the finish the game exactly how they started it, with a flurry of chances, being hurried by their incredible fan base in the stands, but couldn't find the late equalizer and the game finished Denmark 1-2 Belgium.




Matchday three -



The number one ranked team in world football put on a dominating performance against Finland, even after making 8 changes for the final group game.


Lukaku had a goal rightly disallowed in the second half, and it took Belgium until the 74th minute to break the deadlock, a lovely header from Vermaelen was saved by Lukáš Hrádecký, he then fumbled the ball over the line and the goal was given.


Belgium doubled their lead in the 81st minute with Romelu Lukaku sealing the win along with his third goal of the tournament (so far).




Matchday four - Round of 16


Perhaps the biggest game of the tournament so far, the number one ranked team in world football, vs the current European champions, Belgium vs Portugal.


Aside from England vs Scotland, this was definitely the most hyped-up game of the tournament so far, rightly so.




The first half was a relatively cagey and dull affair, with Liverpools' Diogo Jota having the clearest chance on goal in the 6th minute after a lovely play in the middle of the park from Renato Sanches.


As the half went on, we were all wondering, when is this game going to come to life?


Thorgan Hazard must have heard us as he stepped made his impact on the game in the 41st minute with perhaps the goal of the tournament so far, set up by Thomas Mounier, Thorgan took two touches, dropped his shoulder as a shimmied his body around, and let rip a thunderous strike from the edge of the area, the keepers' positioning wasn't the best, but there could have been two of them in net and nothing was stopping that strike.


The power, the swerve, and technique. Take a bow, Thorgan Hazard.





Into the second half and Portugal kept huffing and puffing, without creating too many big chances, Portugals biggest chances fell to Diogo Jota, who like the rest of the Portugal team, looked as though they forgot to put their shooting boots on this evening.


The final 10 minutes are where the game really went up a level, with Portugal finally playing with some swagger and intent, they were creating chances, but none of them fell to Ronaldo.


The last big chance of the night fell to Borussia Dortmunds' Raphael Guerreiro, who after some lovely play between Felix and Ronaldo, met the ball as it hit the ground and placed a shot toward the bottom corner, the defenders were helpless, the goalkeeper could only watch on and hope, as the ball crashed against the woodwork and with that, Portugal knew this wasn't going to be their night.


After a wonderful second half, the game finished, Belgium 1-0 Portgual.



What's next?


Next up is a mouth-watering tie between the two favorites to win the competition...


Belgium vs Italy, in Munich on Friday 2nd July and 5 pm (BST).





Thank you very much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it,


Dan.










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