Italy vs Belgium in the UEFA Nations League match for third place – all you need to know.
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Italy take on Belgium in the UEFA Nations League match for third place in Turin on Sunday 10 October at 15:00 CET.
What's the story?
The Azzurri's 37-game unbeaten run came to a halt in the semi-finals, as they crashed out to an assured Spain performance in Milan. The European champions now face the Red Devils, whom they have not lost to in an elimination round since the 1972 UEFA European Championship quarter-finals.
In a late twist, Roberto Martínez’s men came off worse in a dramatic semi-final battle against reigning world champions France, ending their mission to capture their first international trophy. Despite Romelu Lukaku hammering home his 68th national-team goal to put his side 2-0 up at half-time, Belgium’s Golden Generation are ultimately forced to settle for a shot at the bronze medal.
Where to watch the game on TV
Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Acerbi, Bastoni, Emerson; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Chiesa, Raspadori, Insigne
Belgium: Mignolet; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Saelemaekers, Vanaken, Witsel, Carrasco; Lukebakio, Batshuayi, Trossard
Paolo Menicucci, Italy reporter: After his team's 37-match unbeaten streak ended in the semi-final against Spain, Roberto Mancini could opt to rotate players against Belgium, especially in attack where 21-year-old forwards Giacomo Raspadori and Moise Kean are expected to start. The Azzurri need fresh legs after playing with ten men for the whole second half against Spain, but Mancini will no doubt ask his players for a strong reaction after their hopes of a home final were dashed.
Alyssa Saliou, Belgium reporter: The first half on Thursday evening was a dream for Belgium, raising hopes that this was finally the time for the Golden Generation. Forty-five nightmarish minutes later, the Red Devilsˈ title ambitions lay in tatters. All Martínez can do is draw a line under it and step up preparations for next year's FIFA World Cup. Victory over the European champions would be no mean feat, better still if he can involve a few of the next generation such as Alexis Saelemaekers, Dodi Lukebakio and Arthur Theate.
View from the camps
Roberto Mancini, Italy coach: "Trying something new means giving some other players a chance to prove their worth. We are on a beautiful journey and we must continue on it as long as possible. We have young guys who could be playing together for another five or six years. I wanted to bring Raspadori on at San Siro but we were down to ten men and I couldn't. He will have the opportunity to play... but we must also remember that he is a young guy. He has a great future but we cannot give him too much responsibility."
Roberto Martínez, Belgium coach: "This game against Italy marks the start of a new cycle for us. Will we make changes? Yes, because Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard are no longer here. Thomas Foket, who suffered a calf injury on Thursday in the warm-up, is also back at his club. We want to take this unique opportunity to face the champions of Europe and test our abilities again. We have shown against France that we are capable of."
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