Much changed Seleçao end Group B campaign with draw
Eden Hazard fears he suffered a serious hamstring injury after Belgium knocked out defending champions Portugal in Euro 2020 the last 16 while Roberto Martinez also awaits news from star Kevin De Bruyne.
Belgium ousted Portugal from Cristiano Ronaldo 1-0 en route to the quarter-finals on Sunday, but it may have come at a cost, with Hazard and De Bruyne limping in Seville.
Thorgan Hazard’s superb long-range strike set up a showdown with in-form Italy, however, it was overshadowed by his brother Eden Hazard, who gripped his hamstrings as he left the pitch late in the game after De Bruyne succumbed to an ankle problem early in the game. the second half.
Subsequently, Eden Hazard – who has suffered injuries since joining Real Madrid in 2019 – told reporters: “I got injured, I felt something in my hamstrings.
I think I have something, we’ll see tomorrow. We will analyze the injury well, we will see the extent afterwards.
“As captain, I will stay with the squad because I have an important role to play.”
Thorgan Hazard said: “I hope it’s not a big injury but it doesn’t look so good. The medical staff in Belgium are very good so we hope everything will be fine for the rest of the day. tournament. Also for Kevin because we need two players to go forward. “
Joao Palhinha’s challenge to De Bruyne in the 45th minute saw the Belgian star replaced shortly after the restart, as head coach Martinez added: “We will now take 48 hours to assess the situation of the two players.
“We are going back to Belgium now and they will have injury scans tomorrow.
“It’s too early to say how they’re doing. With Kevin it’s the ankle – he couldn’t really turn in the second half. With Eden it’s the muscle, but we have to wait for a diagnosis.”
Belgium won their first win against Portugal since September 1989 (3-0 in the World Cup qualifying) – ending a streak of five games without a win against them (D2 L3).
The Red Devils also tied their longest winning streak in major tournaments, taking five straight wins for the second time (both under Martinez). Belgium have won 10 of their 11 World Cup and European Championship games since the Spaniard took the lead.
“We had incredible focus and defended really well,” said Martinez. “We scored a very good goal. In the second half, the more momentum went into Portugal, the more we had to show an incredible mentality. It was all about being disciplined and tactically astute.
“We never lost focus and there were some tough times. The way Portugal pushed for the win all the way gives me incredible satisfaction.
“That’s what a winning team needs. We know the talent we have, but all the other pieces you need have been shown today. For us it was the biggest test ever.”
Belgium have scored six goals off the beaten track in the last two European Championships (2016 and 2020); at least twice as much as any other team during this period.
Thorgan Hazard was the fifth different Belgian player to score out of the box in the competition since 2016, along with Radja Nainggolan (two), De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard.
Belgium’s Thorgan Hazard has scored in consecutive games for the country for the first time, as he has now scored four international goals since his brother Eden’s last goal for the national team.
“I think the trajectory was a little weird for the goalkeeper,” Thorgan Hazard said after his goal was compared to Ronaldo. ” I tried my luck.
“In these matches if you have a chance or if you have a chance you always have to try and hopefully it worked. Especially since it was a qualifying goal so it’s a dream . ”