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Hazard-inspired Belgium blow away Hungary

Published: Sunday 26 June 2016, 21.59CET
Hungary 0-4 Belgium
Belgium set up a quarter-final against Wales with a superb Eden Hazard-inspired display in which he got one of the three late goals.
by Paul Saffer at Stadium de Toulouse

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HungaryBelgium

Goals scored0
4
Possession (%)55
 
45
Total attempts16
 
25
on target6
 
14
off target7
 
8
blocked3
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
8
Offsides0
3
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
11

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Published: Sunday 26 June 2016, 21.59CET

Hazard-inspired Belgium blow away Hungary

Hungary 0-4 Belgium
Belgium set up a quarter-final against Wales with a superb Eden Hazard-inspired display in which he got one of the three late goals.


An early Toby Alderweireld header was the prelude to three late goals that sent Belgium past Hungary and into a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final against Wales.

Hungary had a pre-match blow when László Kleinheisler was injured in the warm-up and Ádám Pintér was pressed into action. As if suitably emboldened, Belgium started just as Wales did in beating Russia 3-0 in the last Toulouse group game, tearing into Hungary and taking the lead when Alderweireld rose to head in a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick.

Gábor Király did brilliantly to tip another De Bruyne set piece onto the crossbar; the Manchester City man, Eden Hazard and Dries Martens – preferred to Yannick Carrasco – were buzzing about behind Romelu Lukaku, swapping positions at will and launching attacks with the aid of Axel Witsel and Radja Nainggolan.

Király made seven first-half saves and his eighth was seconds after half-time to deny Hazard, and although Hungary then had a promising spell, Belgium were soon back in control. Indeed, two minutes after his introduction, Michy Batshuayi marked his first finals appearance by tapping in a Hazard pass with his maiden touch.

Two minutes later Hazard's shot made it three, capping a display in which the captain had given full rein to his talents. Carrasco, also off the bench, then claimed the fourth at the death.

Hazard delight at Belgium display

Man of the match: Eden Hazard (Belgium)
Hazard is going back to his former club home of Lille to face Wales and tonight he put on the sort of performance the LOSC fans got to know well during his time there. Not just in attack, with his late assist and goal, but also in breaking up Hungary attacks, intercepting passes and tracking back to fine effect.

Belgium firing as an attacking force
If they were blunted in the opening match against Italy, De Bruyne hit form in the defeat of the Republic of Ireland and Hazard got into gear versus Sweden. Both were unplayable at times tonight and that is a conundrum Wales have five days to solve.

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A youthful 40: Gábor Király

Hungary recapture some old glory
This was Hungary's first major knockout tie since succumbing to Belgium in the EURO '72 third-place play-off, and having won a group containing Portugal to get through and given Belgium several scares here, they should not have to wait as long again. Losing Kleinheisler, man of the match in the victory over Austria that set their campaign in motion, was a blow – as was Zoltán Gera going off at the interval – but they still gave their superb fans plenty to sing about.

Király fantastic in fifth decade
Király's record as the oldest UEFA EURO finals player is now set in stone at 40 years and 87 days, and no goalkeeper has made as many saves in a game in this competition as he did at the Stadium de Toulouse. Was this really the last sighting of those grey jogging bottoms at this level?

Matthew Watson-Broughton, Hungary (@UEFAcomMattWB)
Bernd Storck's men were always going to be severely tested it was no surprise to see stars such as De Bruyne and Hazard come to the fore, yet the formidable Király defied them to somehow keep Hungary just one down at the break. Despite the dangerous Kleinheisler's injury misfortune, Gergő Lovrencsics and Balázs Dzsudzsák threatened from distance and that type of effort seemed the Magyars' best chance of an equaliser.

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Hungary react at full time

Hungary showed tremendous heart in the second half though. They were brave and went really close to equalising several times before world-class opponents punished a tiring defence. Hungary have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, however: this squad and the coaching staff have been a shining light for their nation. Let this be the start, not the end, of their appearances at major tournaments. 

Berend Scholten, Belgium (@UEFAcomBerendS)
Belgium made their intentions clear from the off. Fast attacking football, with De Bruyne and Hazard as main protagonists. The longed-for early goal came through the air, though, proving that the Red Devils have several weapons at their dispoal. The only thing Marc Wilmots's men could be accused of was not scoring more, leaving Hungary with hope. But ultimately Batshuayi and Hazard settled all nerves.

Last updated: 12/07/16 17.22CET

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Lineups

Hungary

Hungary

Belgium

Belgium

1
KirályGábor Király (GK)
1
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
2
LangÁdám Lang
Yellow Card47
2
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
Goal10
4
KádárTamás Kádár
Yellow Card34
3
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
Yellow Card67
7
DzsudzsákBalázs Dzsudzsák (C)
4
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
8
A. NagyÁdám Nagy
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
9
SzalaiÁdám Szalai
Yellow Card90+2
6
WitselAxel Witsel
10
GeraZoltán Gera
Substitution46
7
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
14
LovrencsicsGergő Lovrencsics
9
R. LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Substitution76
16
PintérÁdám Pintér
Substitution75
10
E. HazardEden Hazard (C)
Goal80
Substitution81
20
GuzmicsRichárd Guzmics
14
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution70
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
Substitution79
16
MeunierThomas Meunier

Substitutes

12
DibuszDénes Dibusz (GK)
12
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
22
GulácsiPéter Gulácsi (GK)
13
GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
3
KorhutMihály Korhut
8
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Substitution81
Yellow Card90+2
5
FiolaAttila Fiola
11
CarrascoYannick Carrasco
Substitution70
Goal90+1
6
ElekÁkos Elek
Substitution46
Yellow Card61
15
DenayerJason Denayer
11
NémethKrisztián Németh
17
OrigiDivock Origi
13
BödeDániel Böde
Substitution79
18
KabaseleChristian Kabasele
15
Kleinheisler László Kleinheisler
19
DembéléMousa Dembélé
17
NikolićNemanja Nikolić
Substitution75
20
BentekeChristian Benteke
18
StieberZoltán Stieber
21
J. LukakuJordan Lukaku
19
PriskinTamás Priskin
22
BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
Substitution76
Goal78
Yellow Card89
21
BeseBarnabás Bese
23
CimanLaurent Ciman

Coach

Bernd Storck (GER) Marc Wilmots (BEL)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)

Fourth official

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Danilo Grujić (SRB), Nenad Djokić (SRB)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution