Belgium BEL Lukaku (Pen 45+2)
1-2 FT
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Italy ITA Barella (31'), Insigne (44')
European Championship Quarter-finals
Jul 2, 2021 KO: 19:00

Belgium - Italy

Allianz Arena München
Referee: Slavko Vinčič
  31' Barella
  44' Insigne
Lukaku (Pen) 45+2  

Match preview

Euro 2020 team news: How Belgium and Italy could line up

Belgium and Italy will do battle at the Allianz Arena for a spot in the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

Roberto Martinez has his Belgium side on the brink of another major tournament semi-final, but they will have to get through a heavily favoured Italian side to get there.

The Azzurri coasted through the group stages but suffered a slight scare in being pushed to extra time by Austria in the last 16.

With France now gone from their side of the draw, both sides will be well aware that a win here could put them in a fantastic position to compete in the final at Wembley in just over a weeks’ time.

It is Belgium that have the biggest team news coming into Friday night’s clash, with Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne both set to be ruled out with injury.

The former was substituted in the latter stages of Belgium’s 1-0 win over Portugal in the last round, appearing to be grasping his hamstring, while De Bruyne was forced off just after half-time after feeling the brunt of a Joao Palhinha challenge.

In their place should be the two players that replaced them from the bench, being Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco.

Outside of that, Martinez should continue with the tried and tested formula. Thomas Vermaelen was a surprise inclusion against Portugal, but the veteran was impressive against Portugal’s attacking weapons and should earn himself a place again.

Thorgan Hazard’s screamer got the Red Devils into the quarter-finals, and he should continue at left wing-back, with Youri Tielemans and Axel Witsel marshalling the midfield.

The question mark for Roberto Mancini hangs over the head of captain Giorgio Chiellini, who hasn’t played since coming off injured in the second group game against Switzerland.

If the Juventus defender is fit, a straight swap for Francesco Acerbi could be the only change for Italy with continuity and consistency ideal in the latter stages of a tournament.

Mancini will likely resist the temptation to start Italy’s two round of 16 goal scorers, Matteo Pessina and Federico Chiesa, who came off the bench to win the game against Austria.

Manuel Locatelli will hope to muscle his way back into the midfield but Marco Verratti, Nicolo Barella should continue in front of Jorginho in that department.

Ciro Immobile should lead the line, while the resolute backline with Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Leonardo Spinazzola on its flanks will likely be asked to go again.

Predicted XIs: Belgium vs Italy

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  Average Match Rating  
7.9
  Home  
7.2
7.0
  Away  
7.4
7.5
  Total  
7.3

Match statistics

Belgium
Statistics
Italy
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
16
17
Draws
3
3
Losses
1
0
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
53
60
Goals Per Game
2.65
3.00
More > 2.5 Goals
11
10
More > 3 Goals
6
6
Scored First in a Match
14
18
Scored Both Halves
10
11
Won More > 1 Goal
11
14
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
14
4
Did Not Score
0
1
Both Teams Scored
12
4
Kept Clean Sheet
8
16
Won Without Conceding
8
15
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
805
816
Possession
59
62
Passes
649
631
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
12
19
Shots on Target
5.69
6.19
Goals out of Shots
0.25
0.13
Crosses
13
18
Offsides
2.31
2.94
Penalties
0.15
0.30
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.40
0.80
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
13
12
Interceptions
8.44
12
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
12
14
Total Shots Conceded
9.63
8.13
Shots on Target Conceded
2.60
2.64
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.09
0.02
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
12
Yellow Cards
0.95
1.30
Red Cards
0.00
0.00