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Belgium vs Italy LIVE: Euro 2020 result and reaction from quarter-final tonight

Euro 2020: Daily briefing

Belgium are taking on Italy in Munich tonight in the second Euro 2020 quarter-final of the day. With the two sides perhaps the strongest remaining teams left in their side of the draw, the winner will become the favourite to reach the final at Wembley while the other will see their run at the tournament end earlier than expected.

Both teams were faultless in the group stages, winning all three of their matches, but were pushed to their limit in the round of 16. Belgium prevailed 1-0 against Portugal in Seville thanks to Thomas Hazard’s stunning goal, but paid the price after losing stars Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard to injury. Both players are doubts for Roberto Martinez’s side, but the manager is hopeful they could return for the semi-finals if Belgium make it through. Romelu Lukaku will have even more pressure on his shoulders if De Bruyne and Hazard are ruled out, but the striker is a feared opponent for the Italians after two outstanding seasons in Serie A.

Italy under boss Roberto Mancini were the great entertainers of the group stages but were made to earn their place in the last eight following a tight 2-1 extra-time win over Austria at Wembley. Federico Chiesa scored the breakthrough goal for the Azzurri after coming off the bench, and could be rewarded with a start here, while the experienced defender Giorgio Chiellini could return from injury.

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Follow all the latest updates from the Euro 2020 quarter-final below at the concluson of Switzerland vs Spain.

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Euro 2020: Belgium 1 – 2 Italy

90+5 mins: The added time is over but the referee plays on. Italy’s play acting is coming back to hurt them now. Witsel floats a ball out to Doku. He switches the ball to the right and Hazard’s cross wins a corner.

Michael Jones2 July 2021 21:55
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Euro 2020: Belgium 1 – 2 Italy

90+3 mins: There are five minutes of added time to play. Donnarumma’s acting career is over and he fires the ball into midfield. Di Lorenzo attempts to win the aerial ball and jumps into Doku. The Belgium man wins the ball so Di Lorenzo goes to ground.

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Euro 2020: Belgium 1 – 2 Italy

90 mins: De Bruyne takes the free kick but Berardi charges down the set piece. De Bruyne complains that Berardi wasn’t 10-yards away and the referee agrees. The Italian midfielder is shown a yellow card.

Michael Jones2 July 2021 21:50
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89 mins: Italy have everyone behind the ball now. There’s no way through for De Bruyne. His chip into the box is cleared by Chiellini but Berardi leaves too much on De Bruyne and Belgium win a free kick about 25-yards out.

Michael Jones2 July 2021 21:48
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86 mins: The Italian coaching staff are very vocal on the bench, issuing orders, trying to marshall their side to, what will be, a famous victory. So far so good for Roberto Mancini’s side.

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Euro 2020: Belgium 1 – 2 Italy

80 mins: Domenico Berardi replaces Lorenzo Insigne. Leonardo Spinazzola is in tears as he leaves the pitch on a stretcher, that’s probably the end of his tournament. Emerson replaces him for Italy.

We’re into the last 10 minutes of the game now but there should be a big chunk of added time to play.

Michael Jones2 July 2021 21:39
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Euro 2020: Belgium 1 – 2 Italy

78 mins: Oh no. Leonardo Spinazzola is in trouble as well. He slips trying to keep up with Thorgan Hazard and immediately waves over to the bench. The physios come on to check him out.

The crowd is getting a little rowdy. They want the game to restart.

Michael Jones2 July 2021 21:37
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75 mins: More changes. Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile go off and are replaced with Bryan Cristante and Andrea Belotti for Italy.

Nacer Chadli cannot continue so Dennis Praet replaces the substitute.

Michael Jones2 July 2021 21:34