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Euro 2016: Sweden 0-1 Belgium - 5 talking points

Shuvam Sinha
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Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois was on hand to thwart Sweden attempt at taking an early lead

Belgium cemented their place in the knockouts of Euro 2016 as a thunderous Radja Nainggolan strike late in the game helped them clinch a 1-0 victory over Sweden in Nice.

Marc Wilmots’ side will face Hungary in the Round of 16, while Sweden are heading home after picking up a solitary point from their three games.

Here are the 5 talking points from  the encounter:

#1 Sweden’s first shot on target in the tournament stings Courtois’ gloves

Sweden had failed to muster even a single shot on target in the tournament prior to this game – the only goal they scored was an own goal from Irishman Ciaran Clark. To qualify, they needed a win, and to win they had to test Thibaut Courtois. They did exactly that early in the first half. Following a scramble from a Sweden free-kick, Marcus Berg found himself in a one-on-one position with Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois.

He absolutely smashed the ball with his laces, but Courtois somehow kept it out with a magnificent save. A reprieve for Belgium, a massive opportunity lost for the Swedes.

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