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Belgium BEL Hazard (55'), De Bruyne (70')
European Championship Gameweek 2
Jun 17, 2021 KO: 16:00

Denmark - Belgium

Telia Parken København
Referee: Björn Kuipers
Poulsen 2'  
  55' Hazard
  70' De Bruyne

Player Ratings

Denmark 1-2 Belgium Player Ratings: Kevin De Bruyne shines with goal and assist in just 15 minutes

Robert Martinez's side are now all but through to the knock-out rounds of the Euros after a convincing 2-1 victory over Denmark

Belgium came from behind to claim an important victory and top spot in Group B with a 2-1 win against Denmark.

Although the hosts stole an early lead, the sheer quality and strength in depth in Roberto Martinez’s squad eventually shone through and left Denmark on zero points and in desperate need of a win over Russia in their final group fixture.

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Belgium
8.6
  • At half time Belgium were a goal down and in desperate need of some inspiration. So Martinez did the only thing he knew what to do in that situation: he brought on Kevin de Bruyne.

    Despite having a broken nose and eye socket, the Manchester City midfielder settled into the game instantly and grabbed it by the scruff of the neck, as he almost single-handedly pulled Belgium back to victory.

    His first moment of magic came in the 55th minute when Romelu Lukaku darted into the box, only to cut the ball back to De Bruyne. Most players would shoot on the spot, but the Man City playmaker instead passed the ball to the far post, where Thorgen Hazard was more than happy to tuck it into the back of the net.

    As if that wasn’t enough, De Bruyne then scored Belgium’s second and most crucial goal just 15 minutes later when Eden Hazard squared the ball to the midfielder outside the Danish box, only to watch De Bruyne tuck it into the bottom left corner from 20 yards out. A truly stunning performance.

    While Denmark ultimately lost the match, the Scandinavian side can take plenty of confidence from their performance. At the heart of that was midfielder Pierre Emile Hojbjerg.

    Alongside Thomas Delaney, the Southampton talent dominated in the middle of the pitch and had his tenacity rewarded after just two minutes when he intercepted a pass from Jason Denayer and set up his teammate Yussuf Poulsen for the opening goal.

    The Danes undoubtedly took their foot off the gas in the second half, but everything they achieved on the day came through Hojbjerg.

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    Denmark
    6.1
    To the surprise of nobody that has been watching Barcelona for much of the last season, Danish striker Martin Braithwaite seemed to be everywhere and nowhere all at the same time for much of this game.

    The physical forward rarely struggled to get on the ball in the Belgian final third but whenever a half chance appeared in front of him, the Barcelona player did his very best to muck it up.

    With six shots towards goal, no player from either side attempted more than Braithwaite through the match but he never really seemed like scoring at any point.

    Players Stats

      NAME TEAM POS NAT  
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    ATT/WON
    DUELS
    ATT/WON
    CLEAR ERR CHANCE ERR GOAL POSS LOST OFFSIDE RECOV LAST MAN
    TACKLE
    FINAL THIRD PEN SHOTS ON TARGET BLOCKED DRIBBLES TOUCHES
    IN BOX
    BIG
    CHANCE
    SAVES GOALS CON PEN CON PEN SAVE DECISIVE FIRST EQUALISER PEN WON
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    Courtois GK Belgium 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - - - -
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    Alderweireld DR Belgium 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Denayer DC Belgium 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Vertonghen DL Belgium 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Meunier MR Belgium 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Tielemans MCR Belgium 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Dendoncker MCL Belgium 59 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Hazard ML Belgium 90 1 - 1 - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 -
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    Mertens AMR Belgium 45 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Carrasco AML Belgium 59 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Lukaku S Belgium 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    De Bruyne M Belgium 45 1 1 - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - - -
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    Hazard F Belgium 31 - 1 - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Witsel M Belgium 31 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Schmeichel GK Denmark 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 - - - - - -
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    Christensen DR Denmark 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Kjær DCR Denmark 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Vestergaard DCL Denmark 84 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Mæhle DL Denmark 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Wass MCR Denmark 61 - - 1 - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Højbjerg MC Denmark 90 - 1 - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Delaney MCL Denmark 72 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Poulsen WR Denmark 61 1 - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - -
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    Damsgaard S Denmark 72 - - 1 - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    B'waite WL Denmark 90 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Nørgaard M Denmark 29 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Jensen M Denmark 18 - - 1 - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Cornelius F Denmark 18 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Larsen M Denmark 29 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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    Skov Olsen F Denmark 6 - - - - - - 0/0 0/0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -