Eden Hazard inspired Belgium to a sweeping 4-0 victory over Hungary in Toulouse as Marc Wilmots’ side finally produced a performance worthy of their many talents.

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Date: June 26, 2016

Result: Hungary 0 Belgium 4

Scorers:
Hungary: none
Belgium: Alderweireld 10, Batshuayi 78, Hazard 80, Carrasco 90

Venue: Stade de Toulouse, Toulouse

Match overview: 

Eden Hazard inspired Belgium to a sweeping 4-0 victory over Hungary in Toulouse as Marc Wilmots’ side finally produced a performance worthy of their many talents. Captain Hazard was instrumental in a win that set up a quarter-final meeting against Wales on Friday.

Belgium took an early lead when unmarked defender Toby Alderweireld headed in Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick in the 10th minute. The goal forced Hungary to open up and attack and Belgium were able to launch a series of counter-attacks.

Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly kept his side in the game with some splendid saves and the Hungarians had chances of their own when they pressed higher up the pitch in the second half.

But any hopes of a Hungarian revival were killed off by Hazard, who set up Belgium’s second for Michy Batshuayi and scored a brilliant third before another substitute, Yannick Carrasco, added a fourth in injury time.

Key moment: 

A brilliant burst of acceleration and cross from Eden Hazard set up substitute Michy Batshuayi to score Belgium’s second goal with his first touch, a simple tap-in which killed off any hopes of a Hungarian revival.

Man of the match: 

Belgium captain Eden Hazard gave one of the outstanding individual performances of the tournament so far. He was behind most of Belgium’s attacks, supplying the assist for Batshuayi to score their second goal and then adding a third with a brilliant individual effort.

Matter of fact:

Eden Hazard  has had more assist in four games at the Euros than during the whole of last season for Chelsea.

Talking point: 

Hungary lost their main creative output when Laszlo Kleinheisler limped out of the pre-match warm-up, then Zoltan Gera dropped out at half-time. But they managed an impressive rearguard action for the much of the second half, before Belgium scored a second goal to kill off any hopes of a comeback.

Stats:

Goal attempts

Hungary: 16

Belgium: 25

Attempts on target

Hungary: 6

Belgium: 14

Corners

Hungary: 6

Belgium: 8

Line-ups:

Hungary

01 Gabor Kiraly

02 Adam Lang

04 Tamas Kadar

07 Balazs Dzsudzsak

08 Adam Nagy

09 Adam Szalai

10 Zoltan Gera (06 Akos Elek 46)

14 Gergo Lovrencsics

16 Adam Pinter (17 Nemanja Nikolic 75)

20 Richard Guzmics

23 Roland Juhasz (13 Daniel Bode 79)

Starting formation: 4-2-3-1

Kiraly – Kadar, Guzmics, Juhasz, Lang – Nagy, Gera – Lovrencsics, Pinter, Dzsudzsak – Szalai

Belgium

01 Thibaut Courtois

02 Toby Alderweireld

03 Thomas Vermaelen

04 Radja Nainggolan

05 Jan Vertonghen

06 Axel Witsel

07 Kevin De Bruyne

09 Romelu Lukaku (22 Michy Batshuayi 76)

10 Eden Hazard (08 Marouane Fellaini 81)

14 Dries Mertens (11 Yannick Carrasco 68)

16 Thomas Meunier

Starting formation: 4-5-1

Courtois – Meunier, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen – Nainggolan, Witsel – Mertens, De Bruyne, Hazard – Lukaku

Yellow cards:

Hungary: Kadar 34, Elek 60
Belgium: Vermaelen 67, Batshuayi 90, Fellaini 90

Referee: Milorad Mazic (Ser)

Attendance: 38,921