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Belgium face tricky quarterfinals against Italy

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This handout photo taken and released by UEFA on July 1, 2021, shows Belgium’s Spanish coach Roberto Martinez giving an MD-1 official press conference at the Allianz Arena in Munich, on the eve of their UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-final football match against Belgium. (Photo by UEFA / AFP)

EURO 2020 delivered a thrilling first knockout round with the elimination of Germany, Euro 2016 champions, Portugal, and 2018 World Cup champions, France.

The quarterfinals promise great action. Today, Switzerland will face Spain at 5.00 p.m., while Belgium faces a potentially much tougher opponent at 8.00 pm. On Saturday, Czech Republic will face Denmark at 5.00 p.m., while England will meet Ukraine, an unexpected quarter-finalist at 8.00 p.m.

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With so many top-class games, fans will be spoilt for choice. But luckily for Nigerian fans, they will not have to make a choice, as all four matches will be shown live and in HD on StarTimes sports channels.

In what is arguably the stand-out match of the round, Belgian coach Roberto Martínez, sees his team take on Italy in the Allianz Arena in Munich tomorrow.

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Although they struggled against Austria in the round of the last 16, Gli Azzurri has played themselves in the role of one of the favourites and despite facing the top-ranked team in the world, Italy will fancy their chances against Les Diables Rouges, who beat the defending champions, Portugal, in the round of the last-16.

Belgium versus Italy is a game that sees a team of stars take on a team that is built around their complementary skills. While Martínez has a whole array of stars at his disposal, including Kevin De Bruyne, the Hazard brothers, Eden and Thorgan, as well as Romelu Lukaku, his Italian counterpart, Roberto Mancini, has focused more on the unity of the team than on individual players.

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