EURO 2020 | Belgium vs. Portugal: who would the Italy fans prefer in the quarter-finals?

by | Jun 27, 2021 10:14

Belgium and Portugal, two high-scoring sides, clash in the last 16 and are playing to face Italy in the quarter-finals at the Euros, who would the Italy fans prefer to meet in the next round?

The match kicks off at 20.00 UK time at La Cartuja in Seville.

Italy arrived for the last 16 of the competition with nine points from three games and 7-0 in goal difference from the three games against Turkey, Switzerland and Wales.

Austria proved a tough opponent at Wembley on Saturday, but the Azzurri came through after 120 minutes and goals by Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina in extra time.

Next up for the Italians is a clash against the winner of tonight’s big game between Belgium and Portugal, when Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano clash in Seville.

The two sides have never met at the Euros previously, but know each other from the qualifiers and Portugal won both games in the Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Ronaldo scored a brace when Portugal won 4-0 over the Red Devils in Lisbon, before the Seleccao claimed a 2-1 win in Belgium.

Belgium are participating at the Euros for the sixth time and hope to better their stat in the competition, as their biggest achievement was a Final appearance in 1980, when West Germany triumphed in Rome.

Like Roberto Mancini’s Italy, Belgium went through a perfect qualifier with 10 wins in Group I and were the top scorers in the preliminary stages of the competition with 40 goals in 10 games.

Their great form has continued into the competition this summer, as Belgium topped Group B after scoring seven goals, but Portugal matched their record in front of goal, despite only winning one of three games in Group F.

Ronaldo is the leading goalscorer at Euro 2020 with five goals, but Fernando Santos’ men had to settle for third in the table, as France and Germany also qualified for the knockout stages.

The holders showed in 2016 that they don’t need to win after full time to go all the way in the competition, as they finished third behind Hungary and Iceland with three draws and only beat Wales inside 90 minutes during the whole competition.

Ronaldo has scored in all three games so far this tournament but Portugal have a poor record in Spain, having only won once against Andorra in September 2001.

Who would you prefer to face in the last 16 of the Euros? Vote below…

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