ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The dream of Portugal to successfully defend their Euro 2020 crown is now officially over.
This scenario developed after Belgium send them packing with a 1-0 win on Sunday at Estadio Olimpico de la Cartuja in Seville, Spain.
Portugal lead by superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo played solid and with energy in the first half of the match.
Belgium also played with zest and purpose in the game but their effort did not immediately yield a goal.
But as the match nears the end, the gritty though Belgium was able to find a way to score with a rocket goal from Thorgan Hazard.
The lone goal proved to be the game-winner in their 2020 quarterfinals game.
With their big win, Belgium is set to face dangerous Italy in Munich on Friday.
Ronaldo was very sad and frustrated with their defeat.
He is set to continue his international career through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but he’ll be 39 by the time the next Euros is played in Germany, and this could be the last time we see him on this particular stage.


By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.