Italy will play Belgium in the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2020 on Friday 2 July at 21:00 CET in Munich.
The march towards Belgium-Italy
Thorgan Hazard gifted Belgium through to the quarter-finals with a stunning long-range goal that knocked out reigning champions Portugal in the round of 16. The victory, however, cost dearly to Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, who went out due to injury. The fourth victory and the third clean sheet, allow the Red Devils to present themselves to the challenge against the Azzurri with a certain confidence regardless of the recovery of the two stars
Italy reach the quarters with a similar mood after extending the unbeaten streak to 31 games. The Azzurri, however, are returning from the painful 2-1 victory against Austria after extra time in the round of 16. Like Belgium, Italy has also won all the matches played so far at EURO 2020 and they seem to have found the square of the circle at the right time.
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EURO 2016 highlights: Belgium 0-2 Italy
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; T. Hazard, Witsel, Tielemans, Meunier; E. Hazard/Mertens, Lukaku, Carrasco/De Bruyne
In doubt: E. Hazard, De Bruyne
In warning: Alderweireld, T. Hazard, Vermaelen
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Church, Building, Insigne
In warning: Nicolò Barella, Giovanni di Lorenzo, Matteo Pessina
The opinion of the reporters
Alyssa Saliou, Belgium reporter: The physical conditions of Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard are arousing no small concern, as they are both fundamental for the Belgian offensive maneuver. The absence of the two in the first half against Denmark showed all the difficulties of the team in developing the game smoothly. Against Italy they will try to the last to have them available.
Two teammates from Belgium put themselves to the test with a quiz
Paolo Menicucci, Italy reporter: The painful victory in the round of 16 highlighted the whole personality of the Azzurri, after the group had been pointed out by many professionals as too affordable. Against Belgium they will start as underdogs, but historically this type of matches greatly enhance the Italian national team. With such a cohesive group and with this strong acquired identity, I expect a great test from Roberto Mancini’s guys.
The words of coach and players:
Roberto Martínez, Belgium coach: “I am sure that Italy will attack from the first minutes because it is part of its DNA. It will keep up the pace and we will not have to be caught unprepared. The one against Portugal was an early quarter-final and we spent a lot in that match. Luckily we had the days to recover “.
Italy: who is the most …?
Thorgan Hazard, Centrocampista Belgium: “Italy will be the most difficult opponent we have encountered so far. They have a very long unbeaten streak and we would like to stop it. They have a style of play that could suit our qualities better than the match against Portugal. They love playing football and playing with Portugal. we will have to be good at exploiting the spaces they will grant us “.
State of form (most recent first)
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