In match nine of the European Championships (Euro 2016), Belgium and Italy face off and it will be a match that will be contested keenly with two big teams facing off. Group E has largely been written off as the group of death in the tournament. The Italians had an excellent tournament last time round while Belgium’s ‘Golden Generation’ look to live up to their billing. The Belgium vs Italy match  will be telecast on Sony SIX and Sony ESPN in India from 12:30 am IST onwards. One can catch the free live streaming of the match onSonyLiv.com. Both teams will be looking to open their Euro 2016 campaign with a win. Also Check: EURO Cup 2016 schedule. Also Read - Second Wave of Virus? As COVID Threatens to Plague World Again, Many Countries go Back to Imposing Lockdown | Check Here

All through the decades, Italy never had a dearth of a great team. There might be controversies off the field and at club level, the players might have underperformed but when it came to the big stage, the Azzuri almost never failed to turn up and shine and that is the look that the Italians do not bear coming into this tournament. Lot of the current lot of players will not be a pursuit of any of the big clubs. The next generation of players have failed to live up to their billing and for the most part, the side comprises of experienced players in the side. The back three of Juventus will be a key feature and given the quality of Belgium’s silk-footed attack brigade, the Italian defense has their task cut out. Italy have an excellent margin of wins and defeats against the Belgians but it is under serious threat coming into the game. A lot will depend on Antonio Conte’s tactics for Italy. Also Catch: Live Updates – Belgium vs Italy Also Read - 'Cannot Close Italian Marines Case Till Families Heard,' Says Supreme Court, Seeks Compensation From Italy

As mentioned earlier, Belgium have a plethora of attackers who can wreak havoc against any team. There have been several golden generations in football in the recent past and only the Spanish have lived up to their promise. Belgium are solid at the back as they are going forward but a lot of the steel has been taken out of it as Vincent Kompany, their skipper was ruled out of the tournament. Italy will be sniffing blood but a lot depends on their midfield, which comprises of the AS Roma duo, Daniele de Rossi and Alessandro Florenzi to create openings. Legendary ‘keeper Gianluigi Buffon will be playing his last European Championships. Also Read - Coronavirus: India Surpasses Italy to Claim 5th Position on Global COVID-19 Deaths Chart

Belgium

Goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) Defenders Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Christian Kabasele (Genk), Jordan Lukaku (Ostend), Thomas Meunier (Club Bruges), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) Midfielders Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester Utd), Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg) Forwards Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool)

Italy

Goalkeepers Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris St-Germain)Defenders Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham) Midfielders Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Daniele de Rossi (Roma), Mattia de Sciglio (AC Milan), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna), Thiago Motta (Paris St-Germain), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Stefano Sturaro (Juventus) Forwards Eder (Sampdoria), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Graziano Pelle (Southampton), Simone Zaza (Juventus)