Belgium soccer friendly against Portugal is no longer canceled, just moved from Brussels

Belgium's soccer friendly against Portugal will take place next week after all, just in a different location.

The match was originally slated for next Tuesday at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels but was called off Wednesday in the wake of the previous day's terrorist attacks on the city.

But hours later, the Belgian federation announced the match was back on and moved to the Portuguese city of Leiria.

The Belgian team canceled practice Tuesday after the bombings at the Brussels airport and metro that killed more than 30 people.

“Our thoughts are with the victims. Football is not important today,” the Belgian soccer federation tweeted. “Training cancelled.”

The friendly match is a warmup for the European Championship later this year in France, which is still in a state of emergency after 130 people were killed in terrorist attacks in November.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday it is “vital” Euro 2016 is held in June as scheduled.

“Big sporting events, big cultural events, are vital to show that we are a free people standing on our feet, that we're not scared, that we know we're facing up to a terrorist threat,” Valls said on Wednesday on Europe 1 radio. “So, yes, Euro 2016 and the Tour de France will take place.”

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