Dominant Belgium beat Hungary to go through to the quarter finals

Belgium scored three late goals to secure a 4-0 win over stubborn Hungary and progress to the last eight of the competition.

Eden Hazard of Belgium celebrating after scoring their third goal during their UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match against Hungary
Eden Hazard of Belgium celebrating after scoring their third goal during their UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match against Hungary

The first chance of the match came for Belgium after just four minutes. De Bruyne found space on the edge of the box and fired a half-volley, but the Manchester City winger put his effort just over the bar.

Two minutes later, De Bruyne's ball fortuitously fell to Lukaku in the penalty area, whose strike forced a save by the Hungarian goalkeeper.

The Belgians went ahead on the 10th minute. De Bruyne crossed perfectly from a free-kick, and as the unmarked Lukaku went up, the ball flew over his head towards the equally-unmarked Toby Alderweireld, who easily headed past Kiraly for 1-0.

Five minutes later, Belgium were close to double their advantage. Lukaku split open the Hungary defence with an incisive pass to De Bruyne. The Belgian midfielder had only Kiraly to beat, but his low strike was deflected away by the keeper and out for a corner.

Hungary responded on the 24th minute after Dzsudzsak piled through and fired a left footed shot from 20 yards which produced a good save from Courtois.  

De Bruyne had another good chance for Belgium on the 35th minute when from a free kick, he was denied by Kiraly who produced an excellent save. The winger launched the ball over the wall and towards the top corner, but the keeper stuck out his hand and tipped the effort in to the crossbar.

Hungary come within inches of an equaliser on the 39th minute as Lovrencsics belted the ball towards the top corner, only to see his effort sail agonisingly over the bar with Courtois beaten.

Two minutes later, Hungary created another good chance when Dzsudzsak pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box and directed a volley towards the bottom corner. Courtois dived full stretch to his left, but the ball travelled just past the post.

Belgium responded through Mertens who was placed into space inside the box by Hazard’s through ball, and although he managed to hit the ball with power, Kiraly was crucial again as he parried his effort away.

As soon as the second half started, Kiraly denied Belgium again with another good save. Hazard went forward down the left flank, but his powerful shot towards the top corner was tipped over by the forty year old goalkeeper.

Hungary responded on the 50th minute through Szalai, after Elek threaded the ball through the legs of Vermaelen, but the Hungarian’s striker effort went high and wide of the near post.

Four minutes later, the Hungarians had another good opportunity as Dzsudzsak put in a fine cross from the left for Szalai, who collided with Vermaelen with the ball going inches wide.

The next chance of goal was created by Belgium after Hazard put a low ball across the face of goal, but Lukaku missed his attempted flick at the near post. The ball still reached Mertens in the middle, but he could only guide his strike over the bar from close range distance.

On the 66th minute, Courtois had to produce an acrobatic save to deny Hungary the equaliser. Pinter turned on the edge of the box and fired a left-footed strike. The ball deflected off the outstretched leg of Alderweireld and looped towards the top corner, but Courtois tipped it over.

Hungary had another good chance two minutes later. Juhasz latched on to Dzsudzsak's free-kick and striked the ball on the half-volley, but his strike went inches past the post.

Following this chance, Belgium made sure of their place in the quarter finals with two goals in two minutes. On the 78th minute, Hazard ran down the left flank, and crossed into the middle. The ball found Batshuayi who guided the ball into the net.

A minute later, Hazard put his name on the scoresheet as he went on a brilliant run across from the left before striking his effort past Kiraly into the bottom corner.

Hungary tried to reduce the margin on the 84th minute when Szalai saw the ball land at his feet after some pinball in the area, but his snapshot was tipped over by Courtois.

Courtois was there again on the 90th minute when Elek weaved his way through the Belgium defence and lashed a strike towards the top corner, but the Chelsea goalkeeper made sure of the clean sheet by producing an excellent reaction save.

This was followed by Belgium’s fourth goal of the match. Nainggolan passed the ball to Carrasco who fired the ball into the bottom corner with a wonderful finish.

Following this result, Belgium will face Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

Belgium starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Nainggolan, Witsel; Mertens, De Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku.

Hungary starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Kiraly; Kadar, Guzmics, Juhasz, Lang; Gera, Nagy; Dzsudzsak, Kleinheisler, Lovrencsics; Szalai.

Yellow cards

Kadar (Hungary), Lang (Hungary), Elek (Hungary), Vermaelen (Belgium), Batshuayi (Belgium),  Szalia (Hungary), Fellaini (Belgium).


Milorad Mazic (Serbia).