Czech Republic, Belgium reach quarterfinals of Euro 2020

Czech Republic, Belgium reach quarterfinals of Euro 2020

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The Czech Republic and Belgium are in the quarterfinals of Euro 2020. On Sunday from Budapest, Hungary, the Czech Republic defeated the Netherlands 2-0, while Belgium defeated Portugal 1-0 from Seville, Spain.

In the win by the Czech Republic over the Netherlands, Tomas Holes of Policka, Czech Republic scored in the 68th minute, and Patrik Schick of Prague scored in the 80th minute. For Holes, who is a defender for Slavia Prague, it was his second international goal for the Czech Republic, but first in a significant tournament. Holes’s first goal came in a 2-1 Czech Republic win over Cyprus in an international friendly on October 7, 2020.

Schick, the forward for Bayer Leverkusen of the Bundesliga, now has 15 international goals in 30 games. He has had a marvelous Euro 2020, as he now has four goals in three games. In the group stage, Schick scored both of the Czech Republic’s goals against Scotland, and Czech Republic’s lone goal in their 1-1 tie with Croatia.

Schick is now second in Euro 2020 in goals. The only player with more goals than Schick, was Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, who had five goals. However, Ronaldo will have no more goals in the tournament, as the Portuguese were eliminated on Sunday. In Belgium’s win over Portugal, Thorgan Hazard of La Louviere, an attacking midfielder for Borussia Dortmund, scored the lone goal of the game in the 42nd minute, right before half-time.

The Czech Republic meanwhile, got a break in their win against the Netherlands. That is because Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt received a red card for using his hand against the soccer ball, and preventing Schick of a scoring chance. The Dutch red card meant the Netherlands would play a man down the rest of the game. Due to the fact de Ligt is one of the better Dutch defenders, the Czechs were able to score twice.

 

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