Euro 2020 matchday seven: Kevin De Bruyne guides Belgium into last 16

Kevin De Bruyne starred from the bench as Belgium booked their place in the last 16 at Euro 2020 (AP)
22:44pm, Thu 17 Jun 2021
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Kevin De Bruyne announced his arrival at Euro 2020 in style as he came off the bench to fire Belgium into the last 16 with victory over Denmark.

On a night when the players of both teams celebrated Christian Eriksen’s continuing recovery from a cardiac arrest, the Manchester City midfielder, playing for the first time since suffering facial fractures in the Champions League final, set up Thorgan Hazard’s 55th-minute equaliser and then thumped home the winner 20 minutes from time.

Denmark had got off to the perfect start on an emotional night in Copenhagen when Yussuf Poulsen gave them a second-minute lead, but De Bruyne’s introduction shook the Belgians out of their first-half lethargy to maintain a perfect start to their Group B campaign.

They will be joined in the knockout stages by Holland, who secured top spot in Group C with a comfortable 2-0 win over Austria.

Mephis Depay’s early penalty and a second from Denzel Dumfries after the break were enough to give Frank De Boer’s men the three points.

Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk kept alive Ukraine’s hopes of making it to the last 16 courtesy of a 2-1 Group C win over North Macedonia.

Andriy Shevchenko’s men led 2-0 at the break in Bucharest and although Ezgjan Alioski pulled a goal back, converting the rebound after his penalty had been saved, Ruslan Malinovsky later passed up a chance to cement the win when he missed from the spot.

Post of the day

Dutch masters

Memphis Depay celebrates after putting Holland ahead against Austria from the penalty spot (AP)

Quote of the day

“With Christian in our minds and in our hearts, knowing that he's still here, we know that it's going to be a tough few weeks for you, Christian, but we're here for you.

Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand sends a message to midfielder Christian Eriksen as he continues his recovery from a cardiac arrest.

Spot of bother

North Macedonia’s Alioski acrobatically fired home the rebound after Ukraine keeper Georgiy Bushchan had denied him from 12 yards, but at the other end, Malinovsky was not given a second chance by Stole Dimitrievski.

Stat attack

Belgium defender Jason Denayer recovered from a dreadful start when his error handed Denmark the chance to open the scoring to finish on the winning side.

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June 18

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