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Eden Hazard sparkles as Belgium crush Hungary to set up Wales quarter-final

Belgium's Eden Hazard scores their third goal

Eden Hazard knew the question was coming and he did not miss a beat. Had this been his best match for Belgium? “Yes,” was the characteristically precise response from a man of few words. Hungary had been torn apart from the opening minutes and, while Belgium should have been out of sight well before the closing stages, the element of doubt allowed their captain to apply two flourishes that may have far-reaching consequences.

Euro 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo puts on a show of strength, on and off the pitch

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts

One microphone in a lake, one rescue act, two European Championship records and one press conference that showed where the balance of power lies between himself and Uefa; another day in the life of Cristiano Ronaldo. Or, as the man himself put it when asked about becoming the first player to score at four consecutive Euros and a record 17th appearance at the tournament: “That comes naturally.”

Hungary exult and Iceland only draw after Birkir Saevarsson own goal

Iceland's Birkir Saevarsson scores an own goal and Hungary's first

Hungary may still have to prove they are big enough to merit sharing a pitch with a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. Frankly it was hard enough for them sharing a pitch with Iceland. In this meeting of two of Euro 2016’s surprise teams Iceland were less than three minutes plus added away from etching their names into the history books as they pumped every muscle to protect a 1-0 lead. But as has become typical of this tournament, a late twist wrestled away the storyline.

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Belgium's Eden Hazard scores their third goal

Eden Hazard sparkles as Belgium crush Hungary to set up Wales quarter-final

Eden Hazard knew the question was coming and he did not miss a beat. Had this been his best match for Belgium? “Yes,” was the characteristically precise response from a man of few words. Hungary had been torn apart from the opening minutes and, while Belgium should have been out of sight well before the closing stages, the element of doubt allowed their captain to apply two flourishes that may have far-reaching consequences.