Belgium sweating over De Bruyne and Hazard’s fitness for Italy clash

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Belgium face an anxious 48-hour watch for information on the accidents suffered by Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard in final evening’s win over Portugal in Seville.

De Bruyne limped out of the sport with an ankle harm early within the second half after being fouled by Joao Palhinha shortly earlier than half-time. Hazard adopted in the direction of the top after pulling up clutching his hamstring.

Both are key gamers for Belgium and have solely began one earlier sport at Euro 2020 after coming into the event with harm points.

‘We’re going to wish 48 hours to search out out the extent of injures,’ mentioned supervisor Roberto Martinez.

‘Kevin De Bruyne is ankle, it was a very unhealthy sort out. We do not have a analysis from the medical division.

‘Eden Hazard is extra muscle. We will return to Belgium tonight and have the scans tomorrow.’

Otherwise, Martinez was delighted to see his aspect knock out the present holders to ebook a quarter-final date towards Italy in Munich on Friday.

‘We scored an excellent purpose after which within the second half, the extra momentum went to Portugal, we confirmed an unbelievable mentality,’ he added.

‘We by no means misplaced focus within the troublesome moments. This provides me unbelievable satisfaction as a result of that is what a profitable workforce wants.’

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Portugal boss Fernando Santos was stuffed with reward for his gamers regardless of seeing them exit on the final 16 stage.

‘We’re very disenchanted. We thought we may attain the ultimate and win like 2016, that was out spirit and perspective,’ mentioned Santos.

‘Some of my lads are crying within the dressing room, that’s to be anticipated. It will not be laborious to get their heads up once more as a result of they performed a tremendous sport. 

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‘They did the whole lot to carry nice pleasure to the Portuguese folks. Now we’re wanting ahead to the World Cup.

‘The Belgians had six photographs and one heading in the right direction. We had 29 and could not rating as soon as. We did not allow them to use their most harmful weapons. It was a shot from exterior the field by their left full-back who does not even do that.

‘None of us can really feel something however delight for these gamers. We did not win however we deserved to win. No workforce on the earth can say they’re higher than Portugal.’

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