Euro 24 preview: France face Belgium in Round 16

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Euro 24 preview: France face Belgium in Round 16

Venue: Merkur Spiel-Arena (Dusseldorf) Time: 4 pm Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden) Belgium was booed by their own fans after the uninspiring goalle

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Venue: Merkur Spiel-Arena (Dusseldorf)
Time: 4 pm
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)

Belgium was booed by their own fans after the uninspiring goalless draw against Ukraine in the final game of the group. They were very unimpressive in the group stage and the fans thought they deserved a bettwr perfomnace than the one they have put.

The Red Devils of Belgium has the difference maker, Kevin De Bruyne who they trust to supply Doku, Trossard and Lukaku the passes to bang in the goals. In midfield, Tielemans and Amadou Onana are the partnership that seems to have worked well for Domenico Tedesco.

Tedesco’s main headache is Belgium’s defence which doesn’t look strong at all on paper.

37-year- old Jan Vertonghen of Anderlect is the leader at the back with Castagne, Theate and Wout Faes completing the back four. It remains unknown whether veterans Thomas Meunier and Axel Witsel will be fit enough to play for Belgium.

Belgium’s back four lacks pace to deal with the French pacey attack even though they are yet to torment opponents. France with Mbappe, Dembele and Thuram in attack will make life very difficult for Belgium’s defence. The pace, aggression, versatility and the dynamism upfront for France makes the fixture a difficult one for the Belgium back 4.

N’Golo Kante’s addition to the national team after two years hiatus has yielded positive results as he is winning hearts of many French fans. His partnership with Rabiot and Griezzman in the three men midfield has created enough spaces and chances for the attack.

N’Golo Kant√© of France gestures during the UEFA EURO 2024 – Group D, nogi match between Netherlands and France at Leipzig Stadium on June 21, 2024 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by GSI/Icon Sport)

It is left with them to finish off opponents. The back four of Hernandez, Kounde, Saliba and Upamecano are expected to play in front of Maignan.

Both teams haven’t hit top form in the Euros but France is a bit ahead of Belgium and they are expected to eliminate the Red Devils like they did in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals.

 

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