Thursday JULY 01,2021
Euro 2020 delivered a thrilling first knockout round with the elimination of Germany, Euro 2016 champion Portugal and 2018 World Cup champion France.
Quarterfinals promises great action. On Friday, Switzerland will face Spain at 5 pm while Belgium face a potentially much tougher opponent at 8 pm.
On Saturday, Czech Republic will face Denmark at 5 pm while England are facing Ukraine, an unexpected quarter-finalist at 8 pm.
With so many top-class games, fans will be spoilt for choice. But luckily for Nigerian fans, they will not have to make a choice, as all four matches will be shown live and in HD on StarTimes sports channels for as low as N1,700 monthly.
In what is arguably the stand-out match of the round, Belgian coach Roberto Martínez, sees his team take on Italy in the Allianz Arena in Munich on Saturday.
Although they struggled against Austria in the round of the last 16, Gli Azzurri have played themselves in the role of one of the favourites and despite facing the top-ranked team in the world, Italy will fancy their chances against Les Diables rouges, who beat the defending champions Portugal in the round of the last-16.
Belgium v Italy is a game that sees a team of stars take on a team that is built around their complementary skills. While Martínez has a whole array of stars at his disposal, including Kevin De Bruyne, the Hazard brothers Eden and Thorgan and Romelu Lukaku, his Italian counterpart Roberto Mancini has focused more on the unity of the team than on individual players.
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