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Belgium 1-2 Italy Highlights

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Full-time: Belgium 1-2 Italy Highlights

Italy will face Spain in the semi-final of Euro 2020 after overcoming Belgium in a pulsating contest in Munich.

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Belgium were given an early warning of what was to come when Leonardo Bonnuci saw an early goal chalked off for offside.

The Belgians tried to respond. Kevin De Bruyne – passed fit to start after an injury scare – saw a powerful drive stopped by Gianluigi Donnarumma, who then stopped Romelu Lukaku too.

From there Italy took the initiative. Pressing high and earning rewards.

Marco Verratti raced in on the edge of the box to win the ball back high, played in Nico Barella who showed superb feet to move away from Thorgan Hazard and fire across Thibaut Courtois and in.

Belgium 1-2 Italy highlights

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Before match

Belgium and Italy clash in a heavyweight Euro 2020 showdown tonight for a place in the semi-finals.

Roberto Martinez’s Group B winners saw off 2016 winners Portugal at the last-16 stage while the Azzurri, who also cruised through the groups, were given a scare by Austria before coming through in extra-time at Wembley.

The winner in Munich will face either Switzerland or Spain in the semi-finals.

Belgium vs Italy starting lineups

Belgium XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, T.Hazard; De Bruyne, Lukaku, Doku

Italy XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

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Belgium vs Italy team news

Belgium coach Martinez says he will wait until the last minute to decide whether Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard will play tonight.

De Bruyne rolled an ankle against Portugal and Hazard’s hamstring troubles returned in the closing stages of that match. Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco would come in if the pair are not fit to start.

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Italy are sweating over the fitness of captain Giorgio Chiellini, who has been nursing a calf injury. Otherwise, Roberto Mancini has a clean bill of health.

Suspension list

Alderweireld, T.Hazard, Vermaelen (Belgium) and Barella, Di Lorenzo, Pessina (Italy) will miss the next match if they are booked.

Possible line-up

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Belgium XI: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; T. Hazard, Witsel, Tielemans, Meunier; Mertens, Lukaku, Carrasco

Italy XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne

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Belgium vs Italy prediction

A tough one, this.

Belgium have two key players missing but still boast a fearsome attack. Italy coasted through the group stage before being pushed all the way by Austria – would that have helped them or hindered them?

I’m backing a narrow win for the Azzurri after extra time.

Belgium 0-1 Italy.

Belgium vs Italy head to head (h2h)

Belgium wins: 1

Draws: 1

Italy wins: 3

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Betting odds and tips

Belgium to win: 3.44

Italy to win: 2.41

CheckCashOut has drop tips for today’s matches – Check it out HERE

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