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Euro 2016: Belgium destroy Hungary to set up Quarter-final date with Wales

Pre-tournament favourites Belgium set up a quarter-final showdown with Wales at Euro 2016 courtesy of a 4-0 thumping of Hungary, who competed with their more illustrious opponents for large periods, before succumbing to three late goals which made the final scoreline appear a lot more authoritative.

Belgium took an early lead through Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, who rose highest to meet Kevin de Bruyne's excellent freekick. The Manchester City playmaker had another exceptional outing, creating 3 of the four goals, and the only thing missing from his performance was a goal, despite having 7 strikes on goal. The best of those was a freekick which veteran Hungargian keeper Gabor Kiraly tipped onto the bar.

Belgium had plenty of chances to kill the game off in the first half itself, but ran into a determined Kiraly, who despite being 40 years old was having an outstanding game himself.

That second goal that Belgium were yearning for finally did arrive in the 78th minute with substitute Michu Batshuayi getting on the end of a tap-in after Eden Hazard burst past the Hungarian defence and laid the ball on a plate for the striker to pass home.

Hazard then turned on the style himself, taking the ball from Kevin de Bruyne as Belgium counter attacked with pace. The Chelsea wide man left two defenders on their backsides before producing a perfect finish into the far corner, giving Kiraly no chance.

Those last two goals came within a minute of each other, ending the game as a contest.

There was still time though for Belgium to add a fourth with another sub Yannick Carrasco producing a composed left footed finish to complete another fast break in injury time.

Belgium were very much deserving of their win, having created 25 goal scoring opportunities, whilst also putting 14 of those on target, however, Hungary were in this contest for large periods, having created 16 chances of their own, but failed to find a away past Thibaut Courtois a solid presence in the Belgian goal.

Final Score: Hungary 0-4 Belgium (Alderweireld 10', Batshuayi 78', Hazard 79', Carrasco 90+1')

Euro 2016: Griezmann brace books France Quarter-final berth

Two goals within the space of 5 second half minutes from Atletico Madrid hitman Antoine Griezmann earned hosts France a place in the Quarter-finals of Euro 2016 after a bright start from the Republic of Ireland had given France a real scare.

Ireland striker Shane Long made the most of some contact from former Manchester United trainee Paul Pogba to earn his side a penalt, one which Robbie Brady smashed past Hugo Lloris via the inside of the post.


Euro 2016: Germany crush Slovakia 3-0 to power into Quarter-finals

Germany eased their way into the Quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with a comfortable 3-0 win over Slovakia in a game which they completely dominated from start to finish.

Jerome Boateng scored his first ever goal for the German national team, a scorcher from 25 yards to put Germany ahead in the 8th minute. A missed penalty from Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil in the 13th minute proved inconsequential as Mario Gomez tapped in from close range two minutes before the interval to give Germany a deserved 2-0 lead heading into the break.


Euro 2016: Poland edge Switzerland in penalty shootout after Granit shocker

Poland became the first team through to the Quarter-finals of Euro 2016 edging out Switzerland 5-4 on penalties after 120 minutes of football failed to separate the two sides.

Jakub Blaszczyskowski's 39th minute goal had put Poland in the driver's seat only for a late wonderstrike from Xherdan Shaqiri to restore parity in the contest. The Swiss looked the likelier to snatch a winner in extra time, but the match was decided by a solitary penalty miss from new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka, who blazed his effort miles wide.


Euro 2016 Group E: Belgium, Ireland register late wins as well

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The theme of late goals in the European Championships continued till the very end of the group stages with three of the four matches on Wednesday decided by late strikes. While it is hard to beat Iceland's late late winner against Austria in Group F, Group E did provide its own version of excitement on Wednesday evening with the Republic of Ireland joining their British neighbours in the last 16 of the competition courtesy of a Robbie Brady goal in the 85th minute which condemned Antonio Conte's Italy to a 1-0 defeat.

Not to be outdone, Belgium booked their place in the last 16 too, with the heavily tattooed and mohawk wearing Radja Nainggolan scoring an absolute scorcher from 25 yards to beat Sweden 1-0 and thus bring an end to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's sterling international career.


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