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

Belgium advance to the Round of 16 as Zlatan Ibrahimovic bids adieu to the international stage.

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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