Courtois hits out at football governing bodies over rising number of games

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused football authorities of prioritising revenue over player welfare in a damning assessment of the global football calendar. Courtois, 29, was speaking after his country lost 2-1 against Italy in UEFA’s Nations League third-place play-off on Sunday – a match he described as “pointless” in the build-up.

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Barella and Insigne fire Italy past Belgium into semi-finals

Goals from Nicolò Barella and Lorenzo Insigne fired Italy to a 1-2 victory past Belgium and into the semi-final of Euro 2020 where they will face Spain. Italy and Belgium traded chances before Barella and Insigne gave the Italians a two goal cushion however a Romelu Lukaku penalty gave Belgium a lifeline before the break.

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Thorgan Hazard fires Belgium past Portugal into quarter-finals

Thorgan Hazard scored the only goal as Belgium edged out Portugal in an ill-tempered Euro 2020 last 16 game. Hazard’s stunning goal was the only real moment of quality in a game that saw Portugal throw all they had at the Belgian defence. Belgium will now face Italy in the quarter-final.

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Business as usual as Belgium ease past Finland

Belgium continued their winning ways in Group B with an easy 2-0 win over Finland with Romelu Lukaku scoring once again. The Finns put up a strong defence but faltered late on with an own goal from Lukáš Hrádecký opening the scoring, the result leaves Finland’s future in the competition uncertain.

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De Bruyne decisive as Belgium down Denmark

Kevin De Bruyne made an immense impact from the bench as Belgium came from a goal down to beat a possessed Danish side 1-2 in Copenhagen to book a place in the last 16. Yussuf Poulsen gave the home side an early lead but a goal and an assist from De Bruyne turned the game on its head.

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