EURO 2020 Quarter-Final: Belgium vs Italy Match Preview & Confirmed Lineups

Belgium vs Italy euro cup quarter final
Belgium vs Italy
Belgium vs Italy
EURO - Quarter-Final
Sat, Jul 3 2021
12:30 midnight Indian time
Fussball Arena Munich
Match Finished

Italy 2 - 1 Belgium


31': Nicolò Barella
 44': Lorenzo Insigne
45+2'(p): Romelu Lukaku

Belgium XI:  
Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, T Hazard; De Bruyne, Lukaku, Doku
Italy XI: 
Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
Match Preview

The EURO 2021 quarter-final match between Belgium vs Italy will be played at the Allianz Arena Stadium, Munich, on Saturday (4/7/2021) at 12:30 midnight Indian time. The big 8 European Cup matches can be watched via live streaming on Sony Network.

Both countries qualify for the round of 8 of EURO 2021 in a way that is not easy. Italy needs a hard fight to get rid of a team like Austria. Through extra time, the Azzurri successfully stepped into the next round with a 2-1 victory.

Belgium had a tough match. Much pressured by Portugal, Thorgan Hazard's only goal took them through to the quarter-finals. Roberto Martinez's men were able to make none of the 23 Portugal squad's shots nestled into their net. 

Now both Belgium and Italy will clash with each other for a ticket to the semifinals of EURO 2021. Looking at the power map, of course, it will be difficult to determine who the winner will be. Moreover, the two teams have identical records, which have only conceded 1 goal throughout the tournament. 

But if you look at the H2H, Italy is clearly more favored than the Red Devils. Of the 22 meetings that have occurred, 14 of them were won by Italy. Belgium was only able to win 4 times, while the remaining 4 matches ended in a draw. 

Of these 22 matches, only 3 times have the two met in the European Cup finals. The first meeting occurred in 1980 when Italy became the host. At that time, Italy, which was reinforced by Dino Zoff and Gaetano Scirea, was held to a goalless draw by Belgium.

The next meeting occurred 20 years later or at Euro 2000. Turn to play as the host, Belgium lost 2-0 to Italy. The two Italian goals at that time were scored by Francesco Totti and Stefano Fiore. 

The third meeting took place 5 years ago in France. Italy beat Belgium's golden generation again with a 2-0 scoreline at Lyon. Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle at that time became the heroes of victory for Italy. 

For Belgium, their last victory over Italy occurred in a friendly match in 2015. The score 3-1 became the final result of the meeting of the two teams in Brussels. Interestingly 3 of Belgium's 4 victories all occurred at the level of a friendly match. 

However, to repeat this achievement in the match this weekend will be a tough challenge for Belgium. Because they are thought to be immortal; play without 2 game creators namely Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard. 

De Bruyne and Hazard were injured against Portugal. Martinez has not been able to say whether one of them or even both can play or not in Munich later. “Kevin had an ankle injury and he couldn't do much in the second half. For Eden, he got a muscle injury. We are still waiting for the results of the second examination," said Martinez. 

The situation could certainly be an opportunity for Italy. However, reflecting on the match against Austria, Italy clearly cannot underestimate any team. Moreover, in the Belgian squad, there are a number of players who compete in Serie A. 

"We did have to suffer together to beat Austria. But a win like that will only make us more united. In the next game I'm sure we can focus more and have more energy," said goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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