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Belgium vs Portugal Euro 2020 kick-off time, TV channel and live stream info


It is the clash of the titans in the round of 16 tie in Seville as two of the tournament favourites come face-to-face in the first knockout round with Portugal looking to retain their European crown

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The first clash of the titans in the knockout stages comes in the form of the number one FIFA ranked side and the 2016 holders Portugal in the round of 16.

Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku will be looking to continue their fine form in the tournament as Roberto Martinez’s side face their toughest task yet.

The Belgians cruised through their group as they toppled Russia, Denmark and Finland to book their place in the knockout stages.

Manchester City star De Bruyne continued to pull the strings from midfield and single-handedly turned the game around against Denmark coming from behind to win 2-1 after Yusuf Poulsen’s goal inside the opening minutes.







Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne will be looking to fire Belgium through



Wales shocked them five years ago in France as Hal Robson-Kanu spearheaded the Dragons dramatic win over the favourites but for Belgium, it is the first opportunity in the tournament that they are pitted against one of the stronger oppositions with the pre-tournament favourites eyeing the quarter-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s quest to pass Ali Daei as the all-time international goalscorer edged closer thanks to his double against France in their final group game to set up the tie against the Belgians.

Had he not converted from the spot twice it could’ve been a different outcome for the holders of the tournament, as the pendulum swung in the favour of France, Germany and Portugal with Hungary failing to hold onto their spot.





It took Fernando Santos’ side 84 minutes to break the deadlock against Hungary in the opening match as Raphael Guerreiro’s deflected effort squirmed past Peter Gulacsi before the five-time Ballon d’Or winner bagged his first brace of the tournament.

However, they were on the wrong end of a sobering defeat to Germany in Munich as two own-goals contributed to their 4-2 record with Ronaldo opening the scoring before Diogo Jota restored hope late on.

Then in the Group of Death finale, both France and Portugal played out a classic as the 2016-winners took the lead through Ronaldo but soon fell behind after Karim Benzema’s superb forward play rounded off the move but Jules Kounde handling in the box gave the Juventus forward the opportunity to level.

Will either side go all the way? Have your say in the comments below.








Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to be amongst the scorers again when they meet Belgium
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How to watch Belgium vs Portugal

The fiercely anticipated clash will be televised on ITV for free, with kick-off at 8pm BST.

Coverage follows immediately after the Holland and the Czech Republic at 7:15pm.

It will also be streamed live on the ITV Hub.

Who is in charge?

German referee Felix Brych will be the man in the middle in Seville.

It will be Brych’s second game of the tournament after the enthralling 3-2 match between Holland and Ukraine on matchday one and the Belgians 2-0 win over Finland on the final matchday.




What has been said?

Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez told UEFA.com: “We are motivated and focused. This is what we do it for. I feel a lot of excitement and energy in the group. Portugal are a team that adapts quickly to circumstances. Whether it is an open or closed match depends on what happens.”

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos said: “Belgium score goals and rarely struggle. There have some players who are more influential, but Belgium will not man-mark and nor will we. These sides are a similar class. It’s a final; it’s for winning, not for playing. We know we will have good opponents. I believe, hope and am convinced that we will be better.”

Odds

Belgium – 7/5

Draw – 43/20

Portugal – 11/5

*Odds are supplied by Grosvenor Sport and are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly.









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