Radja Nainggolan: The boy who lost his mother during the Belgium-Italy war

Belgium came to Euro 2016 as a candidate to win, because a few weeks ago they were still ranked number one in FIFA.

Italy – Belgium: When things change, stars move

16 years after the historic confrontation at Euro 2000, the positions of Italy and Belgium are completely different on the world football map.

Conte: ‘Belgium is a candidate to win Euro 2016’

The Italian coach highly appreciated the talented players on the opponent’s side before the two teams met tonight, June 13.

Starting lineup

Belgium: Courtois, Ciman, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Witsel, Nainggolan, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Hazard, R Lukaku. Subs: Mignolet, Gillet, Denayer, J Lukaku, Meunier, Kabasele, Dembele, Mertens, Carrasco, Batshuayi,

Corner of the Italian fans’ stands.

Italian national flag on the traditional blue background.

Belgium is a neighbor to France, so many fans came to cheer for coach Marc Wilmots and his team.

Belgian fans have the right to be confident with the current talented players.

Before the ball kicked off, it rained heavily in Lyon, causing the field staff to struggle to drain the water.


The game begins.

Italy was the team that served the ball in the first half.

Standing out in the Belgian team is Fellaini with his curly blonde hair.

Italy wore white shirts in today’s match.


Belgium entered the match with good momentum, controlled a lot of the ball and pushed Italy back to their home field.


Italy began to speak up with downfield moves from Matteo Darmian and Candreva.


The Italian defense is holding people very tightly, making it difficult for Belgium to attack.

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Italy showed off its bravery and defeated Belgium's stars

Graziano Pelle (blue shirt) is just a mid-range striker but holds the position of center forward in Italy.

The match between Belgium and Italy is one of the most interesting encounters in the group stage.

The European runner-up four years ago did not present any notable young faces at this year’s tournament.

In contrast to Italy, Belgium has an attack that is rated higher than its defense.

Force information

Midfielder Eden Hazard was hurt during training but is likely to recover in time for the match with Italy.

Meanwhile, Italy is also missing a series of key players in the midfield at this year’s tournament, including Riccardo Montolivo, Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti.