Hungary 0-4 Belgium: Belgium made to work for quarter-final spot

Hungary 0-4 Belgium

By Andy Jones

  • Belgium book quarter-final with Wales
  • Fellaini started game on the bench

Belgium swept aside a brave and plucky Hungary in Toulouse to set up a quarter-final tie with Gareth Bale and Wales.

After a slow start to the tournament, Belgium are moving through the gears and look a good bet to reach the final from their side of the draw.

With a host of Premier league stars in the team, they had too much for Hungary, playing with pace and power on the counter attack.

It was an exciting game, with both teams playing attacking football, unlike the dire affair the previous night between Croatia and Portugal.

With Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings, and a rejuvenated Eden Hazard in fine form, goals were always likely to come.

Belgium were ahead in the 10th minute when a De Bruyne free kick found Alderweireld at the far post to head home powerfully.

Three late goals put gloss on scoreline for Belgium

Hungary refused to give in, and were in the game until the 78th minute, when Hazard breezed past the Hungarian full back to cross for substitute Batshuayi, to score with almost his first touch.

The Hungarians pressed and forced Courtois into several stops, but again Belgium counter attacked and Hazard got the goal his performance deserved when he scored a fine individual goal in the 80th minute.

The performances of Hazard will baffle Chelsea fans, who must surely ask where he has been all season, perhaps saving himself for the Euros!!

The match was wrapped up in the 91st minute when Carrasco was played through and the Atletico Madrid man made no mistake to slot home.

A thoroughly entertaining match, the scoreline perhaps a bit harsh on a Hungary team who surprised most people, and maybe their own fans with their performances at these championships.

Belgium progress to quarter-final tie against Wales and must be one of the tournament favourites now.

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