Hhello and welcome to our Euro 2020 live blog for Friday night’s quarterfinal match between Belgium and Italy in Munich. A fascinating match awaits you between two teams that have improved over the course of the tournament. In our live blog, we’ll bring you content snapshots, team news, and minute-by-minute updates of the game.
Belgium vs Italy: 1-2
This is the start of our Belgium vs Italy live blog, with subsequent updates and with the most recent entries closest to the top. So, follow us as we enjoy this massive Euro 2020 quarter-final!
FULL TIME: Belgium 1-2 Italy
Italy is in the semi-finals of Euro 2020! An electric first half that saw Italy win 2-0 before Romelu Lukaku converted a penalty for Belgium was followed by a tense second period. Italy will face Spain at Wembley Stadium in the quarter-finals.
Minute 90 + 4: Italian players broken down everywhere
There are Italian players rolling on the floor everywhere. Belgian players are naturally frustrated.
Minute 90 + 2: free kick for Italy
Donnarumma is down trying to waste time after the referee gives a free kick, following De Bruyne’s free kick in the box.
Minute 90 + 1: New change for Italy
Roberto Mancini made a defensive change, Rafael Toloi replacing Federico Chiesa.
Minute 89: Belgian free kick in a dangerous zone
Belgium now has a free kick in a promising area. De Bruyne suffered a foul after hitting the ball once his initial cross moved away.
Minute 84: Doku shoots it
Doku brilliantly passed a few Italians before unleashing a 25-meter shot that went over the bar. Impressive stuff from the Belgian striker, right up to the finish.
Minute 81: last 10 minutes for Belgium
Led by a goal and the substitutions having reduced the intensity of the match, Belgium must improve their game a notch if they are to score a late equalizer.
Minute 79: Spinazzola goes out
Spinazzola leaves the field in tears while on a stretcher, Emerson Palmieri replaces him, while Domenico Berardi replaces Lorenzo Insigne.
Minute 76: Spinazzola down injured
Leonardo Spinazzola appeared to have pulled something and immediately signaled to the bench that he had to retire. It will be a big blow for Italy.
Minute 74: Chadli replaced and two Italian substitutes
Dennis Praet replaced injured Chadli while Italy made two changes as Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile gave way to Bryan Cristante and Andrea Belotti.
Minute 72: Chadli on the ground injured
Just minutes after coming on, Chadli is down with an apparent muscle injury, which he appeared to pick up after playing the cross for Lukaku / Hazard luck.
Minute 70: Good luck for Belgium
Chadli arrived at the signing and his deflected cross nearly landed on Lukuku’s header, as he was just behind Thorgan Hazard at the far post.
Minute 67: Double change for Belgium
Youri Tielemans and Thomas Meunier have given way to Dries Mertens and Nacer Chadli.
Minute 66: Spinazzola with great luck!
Insigne’s cross on Vermaelen landed on Spinazzola’s boot, whose volley went right next to Courtois’ goal. What a race for the Italian left-back.
Minute 61: Spinazzola blocks on the line!
Doku picked De Bruyne, who played a ball through the six-yard box for Lukaku at the back post, but his unbalanced shot was blocked on the line by Spinazzola. Italy can breathe again.
Minute 57: Italy claims a penalty
Jorginho was looking for a penalty after De Bruyne made contact in the box, but it was never going to be enough for a penalty.
Minute 54: Belgium continues to advance
Belgium advance but have not yet created anything notable in this second half.
Minute 46: Italy puts us back on the road
Ciro Immobile has kicked off the second half. Hopefully it will be the same in this second half.
HALF TIME: Belgium 1-2 Italy
Goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne gave Italy a 2-0 lead, but a late penalty from Romelu Lukaku reduced the deficit to just one goal. An exciting second half awaits you.
Minute 45 + 2: GOAL FOR BELGIUM!
Romelu Lukaku sends his penalty to the center to score his fourth goal at Euro 2020. Belgium 1-2 Italy.
Minute 45: PENALTY TO BELGIUM!
Jeremy Doku showed his lightning pace and arrived ahead of Di Lorenzo in the box, the Italian right-back pushing the young Belgian to the ground. It’s a penalty for Belgium!
Minute 44: GOAL FOR ITALY!
Lorenzo Insigne got inside Tielemans and, with the Belgian defense at his side, he unleashed a curling effort that flew past Courtois. A difficult battle for Belgium now. Belgium 0-2 Italy.
Minute 43: Chance begs for Italy
Spinazzola chose Immobile in the six-yard penalty area, but the Italian striker failed to take a shot and that allowed more Belgian corps to come back. The Azzurri seem to have a lot of joy in the face of this Belgian defense.
Minute 38: The intensity has gone up a notch
Italy seem even more confident after the goal, as the Belgian players advance further in search of an equalizer. We have the impression that there will be more goals in this game.
Minute 31: GOAL FOR ITALY!
Nicolo Barella gave Italy the lead with a magnificent goal. Belgium failed to clear their lines and this allowed Verratti to spot Barella, who drove to the six-yard box and shot Courtois. Belgium 0-1 Italy.
Minute 26: Big counter of Belgium
De Bruyne pulled the ball away from Jorginho to the edge of its box and led the Belgian charge before finding Lukaku, whose coiled effort in the far corner was repelled by Donnarumma.
Minute 22: Donnarumma saves De Bruyne’s shot
De Bruyne carried the ball forward from the halfway line before moving it to his left foot and firing a shot that seemed intended for the back of the net, but Donnarumma had other ideas.
Minute 21: Tielemans reserved
Tielemans regained his rights on Verratti a minute later, which led to the referee giving him a yellow card as well.
Minute 20: First yellow card of the match
Marco Verratti picked up the first card of the match after knocking down Youri Tielemans, who had turned away from the Italian midfielder.
Minute 13: GOAL FOR ITALY … but it’s offside!
Leonardo Bonucci believed he had given Italy the lead after a well-worked free kick from Lorenzo Insigne, but there was an offside from Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who touched the ball just before Bonucci converted him past Courtois. It remains 0-0.
Minute 10: No chance to grade yet
Neither Belgium nor Italy were able to create clear chances early in this game, but things are likely to open up.
Minute 2: Lukaku approaches
Kevin De Bruyne played a perfectly weighted pass into Romelu Lukaku, but the striker’s big tough allowed Donnarumma to come in and defuse the situation.
Minute 1: Belgium sets us on the road
Belgium kicked off at the Allianz Arena. Stay with us for updates from Belgium vs Italy.
8:15 p.m. CEST: No major shock for Italy
Roberto Mancini left with the Italy XI that many expected to see.
Italian XI will face Belgium: Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Spinazzola; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne.
8:00 p.m. CEST: No Eden Hazard for Belgium
Roberto Martinez included Jeremy Doku in the Belgian eleven to face Italy, with Eden Hazard not even on the bench. Kevin De Bruyne, however, was able to make the starting XI.
The Belgian XI against Italy: Thibaut Courtois ; Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Thorgan Hazard; Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Jeremy Doku.
7:00 p.m. CEST: Two hours after kick-off
The weather is shaping up to be good in Munich ahead of tonight’s match between Belgium and Italy, while final preparations at the Allianz Arena appear to be completed.
18:30 CEST: Belgium vs Italy scheduled rosters
Belgium’s planned XI against Italy: Thibaut Courtois ; Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Thorgan Hazard; Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Carrasco.
Italy’s planned XI against Belgium: Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Spinazzola; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne.
18:00 CEST: Eden Hazard a doubt
Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard missed training for Belgium Thursday, but it is believed that the Manchester City midfielder will be able to play against Italy. It’s still unclear if Hazard will be available.