Roy Keane brands Joao Felix an 'imposter' after late miss as Portugal crash out of the Euros


Roy Keane labels £113m Joao Felix an ‘IMPOSTER’ and says he’d be ‘going for him in the dressing room’ if he was Cristiano Ronaldo – after youngster missed late chance to equalise for Portugal as they were beaten by Belgium

  • Belgium kicked Portugal out of the Euros with a 1-0 win on Sunday evening 
  • Portugal missed a host of chances including a late one from Joao Felix 
  • The Atletico Madrid man scuffed his shot wide in stoppage time 
  • Roy Keane has slammed Felix after the game for missing the target 
  • It was Felix’s first appearance in the championships as he came off the bench 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

Roy Keane has branded Joao Felix as an ‘imposter’ after the youngster missed a late opportunity as Portugal were kicked out of the European Championships. 

Thorgan Hazard’s 42nd minute goal was enough to send Belgium through to the quarter finals, despite Portugal creating several good chances throughout the game.

One of those chances fell to substitute Felix who scuffed his shot wide in stoppage time after Cristiano Ronaldo neatly laid the ball off for him.

Joao Felix missed a late chance as Portugal were kicked out of the European Championships

Joao Felix missed a late chance as Portugal were kicked out of the European Championships

Roy Keane branded Felix an 'imposter' after the youngster couldn't hit the target with his shot

Roy Keane branded Felix an ‘imposter’ after the youngster couldn’t hit the target with his shot

After the game, Keane ripped into the 21-year-old and said he would be ‘going for him’ in the dressing room.

Talking about Portugal’s misses, he said on ITV: ‘I get really annoyed when they’re quality players. 

There’s no excuse to be leaning back and just missing the target, just test the goalkeeper because these are top players there’s no getting around it. 

‘Felix when he came on, that guy is an imposter. He comes on and the country needs you, just hit the target, he’s what, £100 million? 

‘If I was Ronaldo you’d certainly be going for him in the dressing room.’

Felix signed for his current club Atletico Madrid from Benfica for £113m, becoming the fourth most expensive transfer and the most for a teenager. 

Felix made his first appearance in the competition as a 56th minute substitution

The 21-year-old had not made an appearance so far for Portugal this tournament, before he came on as a 56th minute substitution for Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho.

Portugal had the better of the chances throughout the game, but the likes of Felix, Ronaldo and Diego Jota missed their chances. 

Keane’s co-pundit Ian Wright felt that Portugal would have stood a better chance if the likes of Felix and Bruno Fernandes had started the game.

He said:  ‘When Felix, Fernandes and Andre Silva came on they had a bit more impetus in terms of progressing the ball and they may have put them under a bit more pressure. 

Belgium's victory means they will now go on to face Italy in the quarter-finals on Monday

Belgium’s victory means they will now go on to face Italy in the quarter-finals on Monday

‘If they started with them and kept the same intensity in closing down, they might have missed a trick there as Belgium weren’t quite on it.’

Wright reiterated Keane’s belief though that the likes of Felix and Jota should have been hitting the target with their efforts.

He said: ‘For me those two chances, especially with Jota, at this level you can’t be leaning back, you’ve got to hit the target.’

Belgium’s victory mean they will now go on to face Italy in the quarter-finals in Munich on Friday.

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