Hungary 0 v 4 Belgium – Euro 2016 Last 16

HUN 0:4 BEL – Marc Wilmots‘ golden generation have been thoroughly underwhelming so far in the tournament, but in the opening period of the game tonight at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, they were electrifying. Hungary could not cope with the frenetic pace of the Belgians, struggling to stop them moving the ball quickly into the forward line and playing off of Everton Football Club‘s Romelu LukakuEden Hazard and Kevin De Bruynehave had poor seasons for their respective clubs, and neither has done anything of note in the competition so far, but they were up for the challenge tonight. De Bruyne’s sumptuous free kick from the left was met emphatically by Tottenham Hotspur‘s Toby Alderweireld to head the Belgians in front. Gábor Király kept out the Belgians as they pushed to double their lead – De Bruyne set up Lukaku but the Szombathelyi Haladás stopper saved aptly with his famous pants.The Magyars to their credit didn’t let the Belgians dominate possession. They are a tight knit unit with a determined work ethic and played some excellent football in the middle of the park to keep the Belgians at bay. Balázs Dzsudzsák was behind everything Hungary did well, and he saw his mazy run and shot from the edge of the area well saved by Thibaut Courtois. De Rode Duivels looked threatening whenever they went forward, however. Király made a miraculous finger-tipped save to turn De Bruyne’s free kick onto the bar. Up the other end, good hold up play from Szalai Ádám set up Lech Poznań midfielder Gergő Lovrencsics, who fired his powerful shot just over from 25 yards. Dzsudzsák then scraped Courtois’ post with a pulled shot from his left foot as the Hungarians were unlucky not to equalise. Moments later Hazard’s brilliant touch and ball through found Dries Mertens, who forced another terrific stop from Király. A tremendous first half, breathtaking stuff, the best of the tournament so far! The pace continued after the break with Hazard forcing a one-handed save from Király, and Szalai blasting a good chance wide for Hungary. The game became unbelievably open and stretched, end-to-end stuff! Hungary’s tenacity and quality on the ball started to show in the 2nd half and Courtois had to use his entire 6ft 6″ frame to tip Ádám Pintér‘s deflected strike over the bar. Roland Juhasz flashed a shot across the face of the goal as the Hungarians piled on the pressure. The Magyars lacked a final ball and the absence of Kleinheisler László, injured in the warm up, really hurt the Hungarians. Just when Hungary looked the more likely, the mercurial Eden Hazard took the game away from them. First, a burst of pace down the left saw the Chelsea Football Club forward skin Ádám Lang and cross for substitute Michy Batshuayi to double the Belgians lead. Moments later Hazard wandered inside from the left, breezing past three Hungarian defenders and slotting a low, right foot drive beyond the helpless Király to make it 3-0. Yannick Carrasco finished cooly in stoppage time to put the icing on the cake for the Belgians but the scoreline flattered Die Roten Teufel and Hungary deserved more for their resolute performance. At the end of the day, quality was the difference. And quality was named Eden Hazard. The Magical Magyars have given much to the tournament and go home as heroes. Belgium look in the mood to realise their potential and challenge for the trophy – next up for them is a quarter final tie against surprise package Wales!

Man of the Match: Eden Hazard
Best: Eden HazardThibaut CourtoisKevin De BruyneRomelu LukakuRichárd GuzmicsNagy ÁdámSzalai ÁdámGábor Király

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