Belgium v. Italy

München, Germany
July 2
31' N. Barella
44' L. Insigne
47' R. Lukaku
Shots on target
Accurate passes
Tackles won


That's all from us today folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!

It's disappointing for Belgium who have exited the tournament at the same stage as they did five years ago. Italy progress and they will now face Spain in the semi-finals at Wembley on Tuesday.

Italy progress to the semi-finals of Euro 2020 with an excellent 2-1 victory over Belgium, in a game full of chances. Barella and Insigne got on the scoresheet for Italy, both producing superb finishes to fire Italy 2-0 ahead, but Lukaku pulled one back just before the break from the penalty spot. Belgium then pushed forward in search of an equaliser in the second period, with Lukaku going the closest, but his effort was brilliantly blocked on the line by Spinazzola. The Italian defence then used all of their experience to stand firm and hold on for the win.




Courtois comes forward for a late corner, this is surely the last opportunity for Belgium now. However, it comes to nothing and the full-time whistle is imminent.


Time is running out now for Belgium, but they just can't get the ball down and forward, with Italy doing everything they can to frustrate them.


Another stoppage now as Donnarumma is down with an injury after an aerial clash in the box with Witsel and Chiellini, after the keeper tried to punch the ball clear. However, he will be fine to continue.


Late defensive change by Italy, with Chiesa replaced by Toloi.


Berardi is booked after he deliberately sprints out and blocks a free-kick from De Bruyne, clearly not 10 yards away from the set piece.


There will be a minimum of five minutes added time played at the end of the second half.


When Italy do get on the ball they are trying to slow the pace down and see the game out, as there isn't long left to play.


Belgium eliminated reigning champions Portugal in the round of 16 – four of the five nations to win a knockout stage tie (including finals) against the reigning European champions have gone on to win the trophy, with the exception being Italy at EURO 2016.


Not too far away! Doku takes on a couple of players on the edge of the box, working the ball onto his right foot, before unleashing a powerful strike towards goal. However, he gets too much on it and it flies just over the crossbar.


Italy are sitting deep now, with a back five to try and limit the amount of space that Belgium have in the final third and everyone is back behind the ball.


There's less than 10 minutes left to play now, plus any additional time. Can Belgium pull one back late on? They are dominating possession at the moment.


It doesn't look good for Spinazzola and if Italy progress, he may not be able to participate due to this injury. He is replaced by Emerson.


Insigne is the latest Italian to leave the pitch and he has been replaced by Berardi.


Another injury stoppage now as Spinazzola goes down, after sprinting down the left wing with Hazard, but he pulls up and it looks like he may be heading off.


Italy look fairly comfortable at the moment, they are defending very well in numbers and still look a threat on the counter, but there is still plenty of time left on the clock for Belgium.


A straight swap up top as well, with Immobile replaced by Belotti.


Italy have now made a double substitution, with Verratti coming off and he has been replaced by Cristante.


Here is the enforced Belgium change, with Chadli limping off with a muscle injury and on in his place is Praet.


This doesn't look good for Belgium, with Chadli down with an injury, despite only being on the pitch for a matter of minutes and he may have to come off.


ALMOST! Chadli gets deep down the left wing after Mertens lays it through to him and Chadli delivers a low cross into the box, which is deflected and bounces up over Donnarumma, but it's just out of the reach of Lukaku and Hazard at the far post. They had an open goal to aim at there.


The other change sees Meunier head off the pitch and he's replaced by Chadli.


Here comes the double substitution for Belgium, with Tielemans the first to come off and he has been replaced by Mertens.


It looks like Belgium are getting ready to make some changes, with Mertens one of those standing on the sidelines. Can they make the difference?


Belgium have won seven of their last eight matches at the European Championships – the exception in this run was at this stage at Euro 2016, when they lost 3-1 to Wales.


The game is really open now, Italy look very confident in attack and are pouncing on any little mistake that Belgium make, as there have been a few sloppy passes in the last few minutes.


CHANCE! How did Lukaku miss? Doku does brilliantly to break forward and stretch the Italian defence, before laying it through to De Bruyne, who could go for goal from a tight angle himself, but instead he squares it across goal to Lukaku. The striker seems to have a simple tap-in at the far post, but he gets his feet in a mess and can only fire it against Spinazzola from a yard or two out. Excellent defending by Italy.


It seems a bit early for cheers every time Italy make a pass, but the supporters are enjoying themselves as their side remain ahead with an hour played.


Penalty shout! There is a coming together between Jorginho and De Bruyne in the penalty area and there are a few shouts for an Italian penalty, but the referee isn't interested and waves away their appeals.


Di Lorenzo has struggled to keep up with Doku at times, with the teenager doing well down the left wing, using his pace to cause a few problems. He just needs to improve his final ball.


Belgium have managed to settle into the second period now, just keeping the ball nicely in midfield, but they are struggling to get through the resilient Italian defence to try and test Donnarumma.


Lukaku has now scored 24 goals in his last 23 appearances for Belgium, including 22 in his last 19 competitive internationals.


The second half has got off to a terrific pace, with Italy on top and looking to try and score a third goal and restore their two-goal cushion.


Not too far away! Insigne cuts in from the left wing, flicking it out to Verratti on the edge of the box, he is put under pressure quickly so he plays it to Chiesa, who pokes an effort towards goal. However, it flies wide of the Belgium goal.


The second half is under way!


The game has been played at an excellent pace so far, with both teams having plenty of chances, so there could be plenty more goals in the second half, so it could go either way.


Italy lead 2-1 at the break after a thrilling first half in Munich. Italy thought they had taken the lead on 13 minutes, but Bonucci's goal was ruled out for offside. However, they did manage to get the ball in the back of the net again and it looked like they would be comfortable at the break, after they held a 2-0 lead following superb strikes by Barella and Insigne. However, Di Lorenzo gave away a penalty on the stroke of half-time after he shoved Doku over in the box and Lukaku coolly converted to pull one back.




GOAL! Lukaku converts from the penalty spot and pulls one back for Belgium, it's 2-1! Di Lorenzo was the man who gave away the penalty after he brought down Doku and Lukaku made no mistakes from the spot, smashing it straight down the middle.


BELGIUM PENALTY! Doku battles with Di Lorenzo down the left wing and the Italian right-back shoves Doku in the back in the penalty area. The referee is right on top of it and points to the spot straight away. VAR take a look but the decision stands.


Barella has been excellent today and he now has a goal and assist to his name, playing it out wide to Insigne, who pulls off an excellent run and strike.


GOAL! What a strike by Insigne to make it 2-0! The Napoli man sprints forward from deep and then cuts inside from the left wing onto his right foot and unleashes a superb curling strike, which flies straight into the top right corner of the net. Courtois had no chance of stopping that.


Blocked! Spinazzola feeds the ball into the feet of Immobile in the box, who twists and turns to try and get away from his marker, but he just can't quite get away and his shot is well blocked.


CLOSE! Chiesa almost makes it 2-0! The ball falls nicely to the winger on the edge of the box and he tries to curl it into the bottom right corner of the net. However, it flies just inches past the Belgium goal.


There isn’t long left to play before the end of the first half, can Belgium find an equaliser before the half-time whistle? Or, will Italy be able to extend their lead?


Barella has now scored six goals for Italy and they have all been scored during the first half of matches.


Italy are just trying to slow the pace of the game down now, keeping possession in the middle of the pitch and calm things down before the break.


The goal will have shocked Belgium, as they have had the better chances in the first half, but they've been undone at the back by some lovely play by Barella.


Verratti picked up the loose pass from Vertonghen and instantly spotted the run of Barella in the box, who did the rest with an excellent finish.


GOAL! Italy take the lead, it’s 1-0! Barella breaks the deadlock just after the half an hour mark. It comes after a long ball over the top of the Belgium defence is brought down by Immobile, but Belgium manage to get players back and seem to clear the danger. However, Vertonghen gives away possession to Veratti on the edge of the penalty area, who lays it through to Barella and he skips past a couple of defenders and then drills it into the back of the net. Great finish, but poor defending by Belgium.


We’re at the half an hour mark now and it remains goalless between Belgium and Italy, with Belgium having the best chances of the game so far and calling Donnarumma into action.


It's end-to-end now, really open as both teams push forward in search of the opening goal. The counter-attack seems to be working very well for Belgium especially.


SAVE! Donnarumma is once again called into action to deny Belgium! This time it is Lukaku with the opportunity after another quick counter-attack. The striker takes on Chiellini and works space for a shot, firing it towards the bottom left corner, but the keeper gets down well and makes a great stop.


Thorgan Hazard has been directly involved in six goals in his last seven starts for Belgium (four goals, two assists) and has scored in his last two EUROs appearances. The only Belgian player to score in three consecutive major tournament appearances was Marc Wilmots at the 2002 World Cup.


CHANCE! Lovely quick move by Belgium, they work it really well up the pitch and De Bruyne finds time and space on the edge of the box, curling an effort towards the top left corner of the goal. However, Donnarumma gets across and makes an excellent diving save to deny him.


Tielemans is now the first Belgium player to be booked, after his challenge on Verratti. The Italians were appealing for the booking and the referee eventually agreed.


The first yellow card of the game is shown to Verratti after he catches Tielemans late as he looked to break away.


When Belgium are defending they are dropping into a back five to try and stop Italy from breaking through the lines. The wing-backs then push forward as quickly as they can when they go on the attack.


The pace of the game has picked up slightly since Italy had a goal ruled out, it has certainly livened up the atmosphere inside the stadium.


GOAL DISALLOWED! The replays of the goal show that both Di Lorenzo and Bonucci were offside, so it has been quickly ruled out. It remains goalless between Belgium and Italy.


POSSIBLE GOAL! Italy think they had taken the lead after Insigne whipped a low free-kick into the penalty area, which is flicked on by Di Lorenzo and then fired into the back of the net by Bonucci at the back post from just a few yards out. However, VAR are taking a look to check for offside and it doesn't look good for the Italians.


This will be the fifth meeting between Belgium and Italy at a major tournament – all four previous meetings came in the group stages, in the 1954 World Cup and European Championship in 1980, 2000 and 2016. Italy avoided defeat in all four matches, winning three and drawing one.


The winners of this game will face Spain in the semi-finals, after they beat Switzerland on penalties earlier today.


This is a bit better from Italy, they are just starting to settle into the game now and force Belgium back, however, they haven't been able to get into the final third.


Belgium are enjoying the early possession here, with Italy getting everyone back and soaking up the pressure in the opening few minutes.


Early corner here for Belgium after a mistake by Chiellini. The centre-back is put under heavy pressure down the right by Lukaku and he tries to flick it back to his keeper, who can't keep it in play and it hands Belgium the opportunity.


Good start by Belgium! De Bruyne plays a good ball through the Italian defence which Lukaku tries to sprint onto the end of, but Donnarumma reads it well and comes out to gather.


We're under way!

The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!

Meanwhile Italy have made two changes to their starting XI, with Acerbi and Berardi dropping to the bench and they have been replaced by Chiellini and Chiesa.

Belgium are without Eden Hazard today after he limped off against Portugal, he has been replaced by Doku in the starting line-up. De Bruyne was also forced off with an injury in that game, but he is fit enough to start.

ITALY SUBS: Salvatore Sirigu, Alex Meret, Emerson, Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni, Rafael Toloi, Manuel Locatelli, Matteo Pessina, Bryan Cristante, Andrea Belotti, Domenico Berardi, Fedrico Bernardeschi.

ITALY (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Spinazzola; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Federico Chiesa, Lorenzo Insigne, Ciro Immobile.

BELGIUM SUBS: Thomas Kaminski, Matz Sels, Dedryck Boyata, Jason Denayer, Yannick Carrasco, Dries Mertens, Leander Dendoncker, Nacer Chadli, Dennis Praet, Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi, Leandro Trossard.

BELGIUM (3-4-2-1): Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Thorgan Hazard; Kevin De Bruyne, Jeremy Doku; Romelu Lukaku.

Both Belgium and Italy reached this stage of the competition in 2016, with Belgium suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Wales and Italy were knocked out by Germany.

Belgium beat the defending champions Portugal in the Round of 16, with Thorgan Hazard scoring the only goal of the game. Meanwhile, Italy had to go to extra-time in order to clinch a 2-1 victory over Austria in the last round.

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