Euro 2020 Quarter Finals Clash: Belgium vs Italy

Introduction

UEFA EURO 2020, or as it was said before European Championship, is conducting its 16th edition. It is hosted by 11 countries this year, which is played by 24 countries like always. Only 8 teams left, which means it is time for the Quarter-Finals of this competition. Here is the match very well and most anticipated to build up your hype for the Quarter-Final stages. It is Belgium vs Italy, the World’s No.1 vs the Dark Horses of UEFA EURO 2020.

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Italy has been undefeated and conceded just once in this tournament. Their strong form and better core team deserve the feat they achieved. But the Red Devils have their best form and momentum going on and they will surely continue the same. Belgium defeated the defending champions Portugal with a screamer of Thorgan Hazard, resulting in 1-0. Italy defeated Austria with the narrowest of margins after extra-time 2-1 with all the goals scored in Extra-Time.

Let us watch everything about this game, and all their analysis coming up.

Why to watch this game

Italy is undefeated for 34 months, the last defeat they face was against Portugal in UEFA Nations League on 11th September 2018 (1-0). Italy has a great team on its sheets and also on the grounds. But Belgium has made their progress by being the World’s No.1 and picking the most all-around squad in their team. Both are the favorites for the title but one has to go ahead whereas another has to pack it up.

Euro 2020 Knockouts

Both sides are meeting for the fifth time in any major tournament. The previous four they faced, in which Italy won 3 and drew one. Belgium yet to win vs Italy in any major tournament. Belgium hasn’t played with any side with more than 4 games without winning. They have won 7 of their last 8 European Championship tie, which includes a defeat against Wales in the same round 3-1. Italy has been undefeated so far in this run of EURO 2020, and they will look to add on.

Team Glance

Belgium

Belgium has been the favorite to win the tournament with their impeccable record since Roberto Martinez joined. They have more games (47) and scored (175) with more goals than any European Nation in all tournaments. Thorgan Hazard has been involved in six goals in his last seven starts, including four goals and two assists. The only player to score in three consecutive games was Marc Wilmots in the 2002 World Cup.   Thibaut Courtois is their main man in the business, with 3 clean sheets in this tournament and also more saves made. Kevin De Bruyne has been their most contributing midfielder with a goal and 2 assists. Romelu Lukaku has been their second most goal scorer with 3 goals, being their main striker.

Form

(UEFA EURO 2020): – WWWW

Predicted XI

Formation – 3-4-2-1

Goalkeeper: – Thibaut Courtois

Defence: – Vertohagen, Denayer, Alderweireld

Midfield: – Thorgan, Witsel, Tielemans, Muenier

Attacking Midfielders: – Carrasco, Mertens

Striker: – Lukaku

BELGIUM

Player to watch out for

Thorgan Hazard: –

The younger Hazard has made his mark in Euros by directly involving himself in 6 goals ( 4 goals and 2 assist and we can expect more for this youngster. His Passing and his decision-making have impressed everyone and might impress more ahead.

Romelu Lukaku: –

The striker with more awareness and more accurate shots, Romelu Lukaku is on our list of players to watch out for. He can do decisive runs and create room for himself, which makes him the guy for the game. Whatever he is capable of, he can bring out the best in him today.

Italy

 Also known as the definite dark horses of UEFA EURO 2020, this team might outstand in this battle. With being undefeated in this tournament, they will show how they have the ability to win anything. Matteo Pessina has scored in two games for the Azzuri, no other Italian has scored three in a row in any European competition. Ciro Immobile has been the greatest contributor with 2 goals and an assist. Manuel Locatelli has 2 goals on his name, making him one of the main men of Italy out of the 11.

Form

(UEFA EURO 2020): – WWWW

Predicted XI

Formation – 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: – Gianluigi Donnarumma

Defence: – Spinazolla, Acerbi, Bonnucci, Di Lorenzo

Midfield: – Verratti, Jorginho, Barella

Attack: – Insigne, Immobile, Berardi

ITALY

Player to watch out for

Matteo Pessina

The man who can do anything at any given time, he is the man for Italy who can make and score at chances. His Passing is noted and recognised by Italians and he is the guy responsible for their victory in game ahead.

Ciro Immobile

Known for his finishing, Ciro Immobile has been the finisher for Italy. His shots and quick finishing is great and well managed by him. He will be the main reason for Italy to win it.

Conclusion

Both teams are undefeated in this campaign and both have won all their game in this campaign. But, it is the game of Football, one has to go ahead and one has to go home. We will see how they hustle their way out to emerge victorious. This game is going to be very tough to decide the winner, but there is a guarantee about being a full entertainer. So, sit back and relax and watch the game in the comfort of your seats.

Prediction : – Belgium 1-0 Italy.

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