The 2016 European Championships quarterfinal knockout round continues on Friday July 1st as Wales will meet Belgium. The teams will begin play from France at 3PM Eastern Time and ESPN2 TV has the coast to coast broadcast.
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Wales and Belgium met in two Euro 2016 qualifying games with Wales posting the 1-0 victory with the other contest ending in a 0-0 tie. Belgium went 2-1 in their group stages with their lone loss coming 2-0 to Italy in their opener. The team stormed back with a 3-0 victory to Ireland and they defeated Sweden 1-0 to move into the knockout stages. On June 26th Belgium was in action against Hungary in the Round of 16 and came away winning 4-0. The team scored early in the 10th minute and took a 1-0 lead into the half. Their three goals came late in the final 12 minutes of the game as Belgium advances into the quarterfinals. Romelu Lukaku leads with two goals in the four games he has played. Lukaku had two goals in the victory against Ireland but has no assists thus far in the tournament. Lukaku has six goals in eight games with the National Team on the year.
Wales is led by Garth Bale as he has scored three goals in the Euro 2016 tournament. Bale started his professional career at age 16. The team began the tournament with a 2-1 victory to Slovakia then lost to England 2-1. In their final group game it was a 3-0 victory to Russia. Wales then faced Northern Ireland in the Round of 16 and came away with the 1-0 victory. They were the benefit of an own goal by Northern Ireland as a Gareth Bale pass was struck into the net by Hal Robson Kanu. This is the first time Wales has qualified for the European Championships. They last played in a World Cup way back in 1958.