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Keane slams "imposter" Joao Felix after forward's display as Portugal exit Euros


Roy Keane has branded Portugal forward Joao Felix an “imposter” after watching his side dumped out of Euro 2020 by Belgium on sunday.

Thorgan Hazard’s first-half thunderbolt earned Belgium a 1-0 win over the reigning European champions to book their place in the quarter finals and send Portugal packing.

Portugal tried in vain to find an equaliser in the second half as Cristiano Ronaldo drew a blank to leave him still looking to break Ali Daei’s international goalscoring record.

But it was the contribution of Felix which irked Keane at the final whistle as he took aim at the £113million Atletico Madrid forward with some scathing criticism.



Roy Keane slammed Joao Felix after the forward's substitutes display against Belgium
Roy Keane slammed Joao Felix after the forward’s substitutes display against Belgium

“Joao Felix when he came on, what did he do?” Keane blasted on ITV. “The guy is an imposter.

“What is he worth £100m? You have got to hit the target and if I was Ronaldo I would be going after him in the dressing room.”

Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes was also started on the bench for the encounter, with both the midfielder and Felix coming on as substitutes as Fernando Santos looked to draw his side level.

Yet Keane was not impressed with neither Fernandes nor Felix as he dismissed their impact on Portugal after entering the field.

“Belgium were very composed at the back but Portugal showed a real lack of quality in the final third,” he added. “Felix and Fernandes didn’t really affect the game, they didn’t have their shooting boots on.”

Their loss was Belgium’s gain as Roberto Martinez’s side held firm to book their passage to the next round.

It came at a cost though, as both Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard limped off with injuries and could now be doubts for the last eight clash with Italy.

World Cup winner Patrick Vieira was alongside Keane in the studio and feels Belgium showed a side to their game which proves they have the capabilities to go all the way in the tournament.

“We can’t say that Belgium played really good football but you need to know that you can’t win every game of football in that type of way,” Vieira said.

“But the way that they played shows that they can get the results needed to win football matches without playing pretty football.”

Meanwhile Ronaldo reacted to the defeat and Portugal’s exit by taking off his captain’s armband and throwing it to the floor in fury after the final whistle blew.

Portugal had 23 shots on goal compared to Belgium’s six, while also dominating possession, but got just four of their efforts on target while also failing to create any clear cut opportunities for their talisman.

They follow Netherlands out of the tournament after Czech Republic’s shock win earlier in the day.





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