Belgium grew to become the second facet to ebook their spot within the Euro 2020 knockout phases with Kevin De Bruyne enjoying a starring function in a hard-fought victory over Denmark.
Gamers from each side paid tribute to midfielder Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest final week, on an emotional night in Copenhagen.
The hosts produced a stirring first-half show, and went into the break a aim to the nice after Yussuf Poulsen’s second-minute striker.
Romelu Lukaku, Dries Merterns and Yannick Carrasco have been unable to have any kind of affect on the sport within the first half.
However issues quickly modified when De Bruyne got here on, with Actual Madrid outcast Eden Hazard additionally introduced on.
First, the Man City midfielder acquired a cut-back from Lukaku, took a deft and lethal contact earlier than squaring it for Thorgan Hazard – who had the straightforward process of tapping house from shut vary.
De Bruyne is now the one European participant to have assisted a aim in every of the final 4 main tournaments.
He’s additionally made eight assists for Belgium in main tournaments (World Cup & Euros); for the reason that 2014 World Cup, with no European participant supplying extra throughout the 2 competitions.
Responding to De Bruyne’s decisive winner, talkSPORT commentator Nigel Pearson stated: “Belgium have the lead. And who else may or not it’s however that man Kevin De Bruyne along with his 22nd aim for his nation. Simply good.”
Co-commentator Matt Holland added: “Off the bench he’s set one up, he’s scored the opposite. Kevin De Bruyne is a few technician.”