Belgium faces another test after beating the defending champions by one goal at Estadio de La Cartuja. Thorgan Hazard’s only goal separated the two sides in a thrilling encounter.
On the other hand, Austria came close to pulling an upset against an in-form Italian side, but they could hold on to the lead for the last six minutes.
Italy 1-0 Belgium
Italy 2-1 Belgium
Thorgan Hazard’s spectacular finish from outside the box proved a point against the Portuguese side as it helped Belgium progressed to the next round.
It is no doubt that Belgium will be without their key players in Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard, but Carrasco and Mertens will be there to provide cover.
Eden Hazard hasn’t been in a significant form lately, but his presence on the field speaks volumes. It will be an exciting game between the two European giants, and we can only wait to see how it pans out.
The mighty Italians almost fell short to Austria after they pulled one back in the match’s dying minutes. Roberto Mancini and his men restricted them to only one goal and secured a position in the quarter-finals.
What will be the outcome of the game? Will the Italians be able to hold Belgium at bay? Would they be able to continue a hot defensive streak? We can only wait and see how it unfolds.
If we don’t hear about any late injury or suspension news, the two teams might be looking forward to line up like the following:
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen; Thorgan Hazard, Witsel, Tielemans, Meunier; Mertens, Lukaku, Carrasco
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne
We think it’s the most difficult one we’ve had to predict so far.
Our prediction: Italy 1-0 Belgium
After losing Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard to injuries, we think Italy will hold off the Belgians at Allianz Arena.
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