Euro 2024: Against France, Belgium was too weak to have the “seum”

No, no, there won’t be “no worries”, advance straight away The Last Hour-Sports In title. “Just a little too much cruelty” for Jan Vertonghen, author, in spite of himself, of the only goal of the eighth final of Euro 2024 on 1er July, between the Devils and the Blues. “Four minutes from the end of regulation time,” In a rather frustrating match that was still tied, the Belgian defender tried to stop a shot from Randal Kolo Muani. But only deflected it into his own goal.

The result was 1-0 for France, which once again knocked Belgium out of the competition. “As per usual”, laments the sports daily on its front page, with a photo of captain Kevin De Bruyne, completely dejected.

But unlike in 2018, when the Blues eliminated a Belgium team that, full of hope in its “golden generation”, had reached the semi-final of the World Cup, “There won’t be any trouble this time,” say again The last hour.

“There will be no anger at having been more beautiful but beaten. (…) Belgium no longer has the weapons to be a giant of world football. This is an observation that will have to be relearned after the happy years.”

Belgium has been “beaten by a much stronger France” and, on the way back, begins with the press the assessment of his star players and his coach, Domenico Tedesco. Because the conclusion is clear: “The Devils had never been knocked out in the last 16 of a tournament since their return to the top flight ten years ago, the tabloid points out in another article. The last two Euros ended one lap later. The 2024 vintage will not be remembered.”

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