Belgium have progressed to the final 16 of the European Championship after a superb Radja Naingollan strike saw them beat Sweden 1-0 in Nice.

Nainggolan struck a brilliant shot from distance to win the game with just six minutes remaining, rifling a shot into the far corner from outside the box. Victory for Belgium means that they will now face Hungary in Toulouse on Sunday night.

Sweden played much better than in their two drab previous outings, creating chances and testing Thibaut Courtois. But Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unable to secure Sweden’s passage in his final appearance before his international retirement although he did have the ball in the net, only to see the flag raised for a foul in the box.

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Chances were at a premium in the first half for both teams, with Kevin De Bruyne testing Andreas Isaksson and Romelu Lukaku failing to connect with a tempting cross.

In the second half, Sweden appealed for a penalty for a handball and Lukaku also had a goal ruled out for offside and another effort well saved by Andreas Isaksson. Sub Christian Benteke almost made it 2-0 in the dying moments but was denied again by the excellent Isaksson.

The result means that Sweden finish bottom with one point, and Belgium come second on six points – the same as group winners Italy, who they lost to Italy earlier in the group.

Group E

Played Won Draw Lost For Against Goal difference Points
ITALY
3 2 0 1 3 1 2 6
BELGIUM
3 2 0 1 4 2 2 6
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
3 1 1 1 2 4 -2 4
SWEDEN
3 0 1 2 1 3 -2 1
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