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The round of 16 is finally here. On 27th June, Belgium will face Portugal. For the first knockout stage mate, it will be a close match. In any case one of the favourite nations will not make it.
Match info, statics and live score
Pre-match Belgium (1st group B) – Portugal
Belgium (Group B)
Belgium came out on top of its group and, this could lead to a more complicated Round of 16 for them than if they had finished second. This is first seen in the fact that they will have to face Fernando Santos’ Portugal.
During the group phase, they seemed untouchable, except for their first half against Denmark. Their numerous offensive weapons (Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku) have hurt all the teams they have faced. They will still have to be careful not to see themselves set themselves up well and then disappoint (this was the case in 2018 and 2018).
Portugal (Group F)
The Portuguese finally made it through. However, they will be up against the Belgians, who are the competition’s favourites. They will not have a moment’s peace during this Euro. To beat the Belgians, they will have to repeat the game they played against Germany.
There is also an X-factor to consider, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese striker scored his 108th and 109th goals against France. This is the player the Belgians will have to watch out for.
Analysis of the Match Between Belgium and Portugal
Belgium: Finally the right year?
The Belgians are still looking for their first international title since the 1920 Olympics. This year they believe in it more than anything else. In attack, Romelu Lukaku has never been so effective, De Bruyne is decisive in every game and Eden Hazard finally seems to be approaching the level he was at the 2018 World Cup. Currently, Lukaku is ranked 3rd in the top scorer rankings.
Portugal: Looking to keep their title
The Portuguese, surprise winners of the last Euro, are keen to repeat that feat. They have the weapons to do so, and even have new players, notably Bruno Fernandes, a Manchester United midfielder who is coming off an exceptional season. Ronaldo continues to push forward and carry the Portuguese when they are in trouble.
Latest Matches between Belgium and Portugal
- 02/06/2018: Belgium 0-0 Portugal
- 28/03/2016: Portugal 2-1 Belgium
- 02/07/2007: Belgium 1-2 Portugal
Belgium and Portugal Squad List
Following his injury against Russia Timothy Castagne will not be able to play for Belgium. All other Belgian players will be present.
The Portuguese are expected to field their typical team, although there are doubts about Danilo Pereira who was injured against France.
Belgium’s Likely Line-up
- Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois
- Defenders: Jan Vertonghen, Jason Denayer, Toby Alderweireld
- Midfielders: Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Thomas Meunier
- Forwards: Eden Hazard, Romelo Lukaku, Yannick Carasco
Portugal’s Llikely Line-up
- Goalkeeper: Rui Patricio
- Defenders: Raphael Guerreiro, Ruben Dias, Pepe, Nelson Semedo
- Midfielders: Joao Moutinho, Pedro Neto, Ruben Neves
- Forwards: Bernardo Silva, Joao Felipe, Nelson Semedo Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo