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Euro 2020: BEL vs POR Preview

By Parameswaran Sankaranarayanan June 27, 2021

Belgium (BEL) and Portugal (POR) face off in a mouth-watering clash in the Euro 2020 round of 16. Both teams, who scored seven goals in the group stage, kicked off their campaign with three points. Belgium went on to win their next two games, while the defending champions suffered a defeat against Germany and drew with France in their last game.

Roberto Martinez, Belgium head coach, has a strong squad at his disposal. He rested the two key defenders – Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen – against Finland and saw Eden Hazard complete 90 minutes on Tuesday. Belgium will be counting on Kevin De Bruyne’s contributions as the Manchester City midfielder made the difference in the comeback win over Denmark. He came on as a substitute in the second half and grabbed an assist and the winner. Thorgan Hazard, who scored a goal against Denmark, could return to the playing eleven after missing the last game.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be keen to continue his impressive goalscoring form in the tournament and against Belgium too. He has netted three goals in two appearances against the Red Devils. Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota will be keen to up their game after a tough outing against France. But the biggest concern for Portugal boss Fernando Santos will be the back four, which has conceded six goals in the last two games. With Belgium having world-class attacking players in their ranks, the Pepe-led backline cannot afford to make mistakes.


Played: 18
BEL won:5
POR won: 6
Drawn: 7

Top Five Fantasy Points scorers (Euro 2020 Group Stage)

BEL: R Lukaku (32.5 pts), K De Bruyne (30.5 pts), T Meunier (30 pts), D Boyata (22.5 pts), T Courtois (21 pts)

POR: C Ronaldo (56.5 pts), R Guerreiro (24 pts), D Jota (23.5 pts), R Dias (17 pts), N Semedo (16.5 pts)

Euro 2020 Stats

Top Goalscorer: BEL – R Lukaku (3 goals); POR – C Ronaldo (5 goals)

Most Assists: BEL – K De Bruyne (2 assists); POR – R Silva (2 assists)

Most Passes Completed: BEL – D Boyata (175 passes); POR – R Dias (235 passes)

Most Successful Tackles: BEL – T Meunier, L Dendoncker, D Mertens, J Doku (2 tackles); POR – N Semedo (3 tackles)

Shots Saved: BEL – T Courtois (7 saves); POR – R Patricio (11 saves)


BEL: none

POR: D Pereira (doubtful)

Playing 11

BEL (possible): T Courtois; T Alderweireld, T Vermaelen, J Vertonghen; T Meunier, K De Bruyne, A Witsel, T Hazard; Y Carrasco, R Lukaku, E Hazard

POR (possible): R Patricio; N Semedo, R Dias, Pepe, R Guerreiro; J Palhinha, R Sanches, J Moutinho; B M Silva, C Ronaldo, D Jota


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