EURO 2020 Round Of 16: Heroics From Hazard, disappointment For The Dutch, and Elimination For Ronaldo

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Netherlands Vs Czech Republic: Netherland’s big name players Denzel Dumfries(43%) and Georginio Wijnaldum(40%) had a disappointing day and ended the round-of-16 game with 0 and 2 points respectively. Czech Republic had the good picks today. Tomáš Holeš (6%) scored a goal and got an assist to end his day with 11 points and Patrik Schick (4% ownership) also putting one past the keeper earning 6 points, raising his season total to 27 points.

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Czech Republic face Denmark in the quarterfinals who have scored 9 goals in the tournament so far, 8 of them coming in the last 2 matches. So there is no point getting a defender for this fixture, Patrik Schick is in great goal scoring form and will be a great pick.

Belgium vs Portugal: A really dull match-up with no players really having an impact on the game. Romelu Lukaku(49% ownership) and Ronaldo (41%) had a real stale game and both ended up with 2 points. Because of the injury, Kevin De Bruyne (28%) had to come off in the 48th minute ending his match with just 2 points as well.
Thorgan Hazard was the real star of the game, scoring the only goal of the match and ending up with 9 points.

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In the game against Italy, if De Bruyne’s injury is not serious the managers should pick him but Thorgan Hazard (1%) looks like a regular starter under Roberto Martinez at wing-back, so he can be a good pick at €8.1m. Eden Hazard too showed some flashes of his former self and sitting at just 1% ownership, if his fitness allows he is a great differential captain pick.

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Schick put the game beyond any doubt with ten minutes to go, converting Tomáš Holeš pass into the bottom left corner to bag his fourth goal of the tournament and stun the favourites Netherlands to move onto the quarterfinals. With this goal Patrik Schick has just become only the second Czech Republic player ever to score 4 goals at a single major tournament, Milan Baroš (5 goals at Euro 2004) is the only player with more.

The Red Devils broke the deadlock, when Thorgan Hazard found the far corner with a brilliant strike from outside the box for his second goal of the tournament which was the winning goal of the match.

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On a night where Romelu Lukaku was well shackled and Kevin De Bruyne limped off, it was Thorgan Hazard who was Belgium’s saviour. The Borussia Dortmund man rattled off a shot in the direction of Rui Patrício. The ball swerved violently in the air, Patrício was beaten, and the net bulged. An unlikely hero, but a hero all the same.

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QUARTERFINALS PREVIEW

Belgium v Italy: Belgium have a really strong side. In the round of 16 game they held a 1 goal lead against a Portugese team blessed with attacking talents which is really impressive. De Bruyne and Eden Hazard were subbed off due to injuries. Losing them will not bring any joy to Roberto Martinez.

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On the other hand, Italy have a strong backline with one of the best midfield unit in the tournament. The gli azzuri are unbeaten in their last 31 games, but in the game against Austria they did look vulnerable at some stages of the game, which the Red Devils will look to exploit. If De Bruyne’s injury is not serious, Belgium have the talent to end the Italians unbeaten run. The game will be a war of attrition and if Belgium are without both De Bruyne and Hazard, it will be Italy’s game to lose.

Czech Republic v Denmark: Denmark are in the form of their lives. They have scored 8 of their 9 goals in the last 2 matches which is an outstanding record. With Yussuf Poulsen injured, Kasper Dolberg is doing just fine in the striker position with 2 goals in the round of 16.

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Czech Republic are coming to this quarterfinals match with bags of confidence, beating the mighty Netherlands 2-0. Also Schick scoring 4 goals in his last 4 matches will boost their confidence even more. Both teams are pretty even but I think the hunger of Denmark give them a slight edge over Czech Republic helping them to win this tie.

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