Hungary 0-4 Belgium: Eden Hazard excels as Red Devils reach quarter-finals

first_img1 Eden Hazard celebrates scoring Belgium’s third goal Eden Hazard put in a magnificent solo performance as Belgium secured a 4-0 victory over a resilient Hungary side to book a clash against Wales at the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.The Chelsea winger rounded off the win 10 mintues from time, having seen Toby Alderweireld open the scoring early on, and Michy Batshuayi all-but secure the result one minute prior to the third goal.Yannick Ferreira Carrasco netted in second half injury time to end the game as a rout, but Hungary leave France having captured the imagination of watching fans from the world over.The victors had the best of the first half, although they came under threat in what was arguably the most open game at the Round of 16 stage.Alderweireld’s opening goal came after a number of early chances, Lukaku and De Bruyne both going close as the Hungarian defence failed to cope with wave after wave of attacks.And it was De Bruyne who set the goal up, curling a free-kick into the area which Alderweireld headed home past the flailing Gabor Kiraly.It was no less than the Red Devils deserved, and the provider almost turned goalscorer moments later, forcing a save from Kiral with a powerful low shot.Belgium were dominating, but it was not all their play with the Magyars threatening occasionaly.Thibaut Courtois almost watched the ball roll into his own net when miskicking a back-pass, before claiming a wonderful Lovrencsics cross out the air as Szalai looked to convert.Dzsudzsak then had a low attempt saved by Courtois, and it was claer there was a lack of cutting edge amongst Bernd Storck’s team.Kiraly was their star man in the opening period, following up his early saves with an exceptional stop 10 minutes from the end of the half.De Bruyne sent a close range free-kick curling towards the right-hand post, but the veteran stopper was up to tip it onto the bar, watching on as Lukaku sent the rebound over.Somehow, the second half became even more open than the first, Hazard forcing another fine stop from Kiraly seconds from the restart.Szalai then shot over from the right side of the box, before creating the best chance the Hungarian’s had enjoyed in the game.Lively playmaker Dzsudzsak sent in a cross from the left, which the Hoffenheim man headed towards goal, watching the ball flick of Vermaelen’s body and fly agonisingly wide of the near post.It was a good spell for the Magyars, but 10 minutes in they started to lose control of the game, Belgium growing in dominance once again.De Bruyne dragged a shot wide of the post and Nainggolan fired high from outside the box, although Courtois was all that prevented Hungary grabbing an equaliser against the run of play – tipping Pinter’s deflected strike over the bar.Considering Belgium were leading, and were registering a number of chances, Marc Wilmots made the strange decision to replace Romelu Lukaku with Michy Batshuayi.However, the substitution paid off, the 22-year-old tapping home Hazard’s cross with his first touch just moments later to double the lead.That all-but secured their quarter-final spot, but the influential Hazard decided to cap his wonderful solo performance with a strike of the highest quality, dribbling from the left and sending a curling finish past Kiraly.The game was over, although Hungary looked keen to grab a consolation goal; Szalai firing over from close range when he should have hit the back of the net.The goal didn’t come, and the Magyars were dealt a further blow, Carrasco converting from just inside the box seconds from the final whistle.last_img read more

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