EURO 2020 | Belgium vs Russia ~ Match Info & Lineup

Belgium vs Russia

MATCHBelgium vs Russia
TIME12:30 AM (UTC +5:30)

FT | Belgium 3 - 0 Russia

⭕ Belgium XI : Courtois; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Boyata; Castagne, Dendoncker, Tielemans, T.Hazard; Mertens, Lukaku, Carrasco

⭕ Rússia XI  : Shunin; Mario Fernandes, Barinov, Dzhikiya, Semenov, Zhirkov; Zobnin, Ozdoev, Kuzyayev, Golovin; Dzyuba.

The Gazprom Arena will host Belgium and Russia's first match of their respective Euro 2020 campaigns, as both sides prepare for battle in Group B on Saturday night.
Roberto Martinez's men are eyeing the prize of being the number one ranked nation in the world, while Russia have realistic expectations of finishing in the top two of the group.
Forty-one years on from their failed attempt at the 1980 tournament – ​​which saw Belgium fall victim to West Germany's prowess in the final – Martinez will seek to lead the world's top-ranked nation to the inaugural international honor they covet.
A perfect qualifying period for Euro 2020 saw Belgium qualify with 30 points taken from a possible 30, but the heartache of 2016 still lingers in the memories of the players involved in that infamous summer, when Wales stunned the continent to win 3-1 and lose. The Red Devils were eliminated in the quarter-finals.
The tournament represented Belgium's first appearance at the Euros since 2000, but their meteoric rise over the last decade means that they are one of the favorites to advance this summer, and failing to top a group consisting of Russia, Denmark and Finland would mean nothing. -What. short of disaster.
Martinez was not treated to the goal-laden display he is used to seeing from his side in their warm-up games, though, as Greece held Belgium to a 1-1 draw before Romelu Lukaku's 38th-minute goal was all it took. to get them over the line against Croatia.
Nevertheless, Belgium enter the Euros on the back of a nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions, and with plenty of talented individuals in their ranks to boot, so the Red Devils need no added incentive to lay a marker on the first matchday against their hopeful opponents.
Similarly, Russia more or less blew the competition out of the water to secure progress to the final tournament, with two impending defeats against Belgium the only fault for Stanislav Cherchesov's men en route to the Euros.
During Soviet times, the inaugural competition in 1960 – then a four-team tournament – ​​ended with Russia lifting the trophy aloft, but the 2008 semi-final appearance for Andrey Arshavin-inspired Russia has been the only standout performance in the competition. the middle of a spate of exits from the group stage.
Three years after welcoming the world's best to Russia for the 2018 World Cup, Cherchesov's side are far from guaranteed a knockout place at the Euros with Denmark also occupying a place in Group B, and only Aleksandr Sobolev's late penalty could propel them to victory in a friendly. with Bulgaria last weekend.
A somewhat unsatisfying Nations League campaign preceded two wins from their opening three World Cup qualifiers, and while Russia's recent form has certainly been mixed, only 11 perfect individual performances will do if they are to earn one at the top of the rankings. number one. team in the world.
Belgium secured 3-1 and 4-1 wins over Russia as the two teams clashed during Euro 2020 qualifiers, and the Red Devils are unbeaten in their seven meetings with Saturday's opponents, the most memorable result of this match being a 3-3 draw in a friendly. 2017.
Influential Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has been forced to undergo surgery for a facial fracture he sustained in the Champions League final, and Martinez has played down his chances of being fit for Saturday's opener.
The Manchester City man was joined on the sidelines by Axel Witsel – returning to his former home after his stint with Zenit St Petersburg – with an Achilles problem, while the injury-plagued Eden Hazard may not have taken the plunge from the start.
Leandro Trossard and Dedryck Boyata have escaped the blow and should be available for Martinez, but it would be surprising to see either player start, with Jan Vertonghen and Thorgan Hazard expected to get the nods.
Sticking to the theme of a facial injury, Russia midfielder Dmitri Barinov was hit in the nose and had to be sent off against Bulgaria, but the 24-year-old should be fine for the opening game.
Roman Zobnin has also overcome an unspecified problem, but veteran defender Fedor Kudryashov will not play against Belgium due to a calf problem.
Sobolev's winner against Bulgaria is unlikely to earn him a starting prize over Artem Dzyuba, as the 6ft 6in forward aims to score 30 goals for the national team and equal all-time leading scorer Aleksandr Kerzhakov.

🔺 Predicted line-up for Belgium vs Russia:

⭕ Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen; Castagne, Tielemans, Dendoncker, Carrasco; Mertens, Hazard; Lukaku

⭕ Russia: Shunin; Barinov, Dzhikiya, Semenov; Fernandes, Zobnin, Ozdoev, Kuzyaev; Miranchuk, Golovin; Dzyuba

✅ Belgium vs Russia Score Prediction: 2-1
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