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LThe blue dream continues. At the tip of a long-closed match, the place the defenses bought the higher of the offensive needs, the French crew overcame Belgium (1-0), Monday 1er July, due to an personal objective by Jan Vertonghen (86e) and qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2024. Didier Deschamps' males now wait to seek out out who, Portugal or Slovenia, they’ll face within the subsequent spherical.

Clumsy in entrance of objective (20 photographs, two on track), the Blues struggled for a very long time in opposition to the Belgian protection, on this 76th conflict between the 2 nations. As in opposition to Austria, the Netherlands and Poland throughout the group stage, France confirmed nice defensive solidity however as soon as once more sinned within the closing transfer, regardless of quite a few alternatives or scorching conditions within the Belgian space.

The central hinge Upamecano-Saliba confirmed itself to its benefit once more whereas the full-backs Jules Koundé and Théo Hernandez multiplied their efforts of their hall. On his line, Mike Maignan was reassuring by protecting the hazard away on two strikes from Romelu Lukaku (71e) and Kevin de Bruyne (82e). Up entrance, Marcus Thuram, Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann struggled, nicely muzzled by the Red Devils.

Portugal or Slovenia within the quarter-finals

At the very finish of the match, when each groups appeared to be heading in the direction of additional time, Randal Kolo Muani, served by Antoine Griezmann within the Belgian space, armed a shot which, blocked by Jan Vertonghen, deceived goalkeeper Koen Casteels (87e), thus releasing a complete nation. In the quarter-finals, the Blues will due to this fact meet Portugal or Slovenia, who face one another this Monday, 1er July, at 9 p.m.