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The Belgium players celebrate after taking a 1–0 lead over Hungary on Sunday night. | FIFA.COM

The FC Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen started and played all 90 minutes of Belgium's 4–0 rout of Hungary on Sunday night in Toulouse, France.

It was a resounding victory for Belgium, who have thus secured a spot in the quarter-finals. They'll face Wales, who beat Northern Ireland, 1–0, on Saturday in Paris.

Vermaelen, nevertheless, will not be in the line-up for his team's last eight matchup.

The Barça defender, who saved a sure goal in the 53rd, was booked in the 67th, ensuring he'll be inactive when The Red Devils face The Dragons at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille Métropole, this Friday at 9.00pm CET.

Rakitic, Croatia KO'd

In other action over the weekend, Group D winners Croatia had their European dreams doused with a bucket of cold water in a thrilling, extra-time defeat to Portugal in a last-16 matchup on Saturday night. 

With the game seemingly headed for a penalty shootout, and Immediately following a dangerous attack by Croatia, Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma banged home a rebound following a shot by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 117th minute. 

The loss spells the end of the road at this year's tournament for the FC Barcelona and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who started and played valiantly for 110 minutes. 


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