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Belgium vs Slovakia LIVE: Euro 2024 team news and line-ups as Kevin De Bruyne starts opening fixture


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Euro 2024 continues with Belgium looking to bounce back to form at major tournaments after a thoroughly dreadful 2022 World Cup. Their first task is to take on Slovakia, with the Red Devils hopeful that Kevin De Bruyne will arrive fit and in form to inspire them.

A big decision was taken before the tournament by head coach Domenico Tedesco to leave out Thibaut Courtois, despite the Real Madrid goalkeeper recovering from a season-long injury to play in the Champions League final.

Belgium won their qualification group to get here and their best Euros performance so far was to finish runners-up way back in 1980. Slovakia, who were runners-up in their own qualifying group, are in their third straight finals since – they reached the round of 16 back in 2016, and only the group stage last time out. Follow all the latest news and match action in our live blog below, as well as the build-up to the evening match between Austria and France:

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Belgium vs Slovakia LIVE

Both teams are in the tunnel as we approach kick-off. Kevin De Bruyne is looking especially determined.

We’re lining up for the national anthems.

Chris Wilson17 June 2024 16:55

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Match stats and form

Belgium are so far unbeaten in their 14 games under new manager Domenico Tedesco, with 10 wins and four draws.

The Red Devils won both of their warm-up games (3-0 vs Luxembourg and 2-0 vs Montenegro) and drew 2-2 to England and 0-0 to Ireland in two friendlies in March. They finished their qualification campaign with a resounding 5-0 win against Azerbaijan in November 2023.

Slovakia are playing in their third Euros, with their best result coming in their debut at Euro 2016, when they exited at the last 16 stage to Germany.

They won both of their warm-up games 4-0 (against Wales and San Marino respectively), though they lost 2-0 to Austria and drew 1-1 with Norway in their March friendlies.

Last November, they finished their qualification campaign with a 4-2 win against Iceland and a 2-1 victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina. They qualified second in their group with 22 points, eight behind group winners Portugal.

Chris Wilson17 June 2024 16:45

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Head-to-head and recent tournaments

Belgium and Slovakia have never met in a major tournament, but they have faced each other in three international friendlies.

The Red Devils won the most recent meeting between the sides 2-1 in 2013, with the other two games – in 2006 and 2002 – both ending in a 1-1 draw.

Belgium are looking to build on a disappointing performance at Euro 2020, when they exited at the quarter-final stage at the hands of eventual winners Italy.

Slovakia also took part in that tournament, but were eliminated in the group stages – despite beating Poland 2-1 – after a 5-0 loss to Spain and a 1-0 loss to Sweden.

Chris Wilson17 June 2024 16:40

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Belgium vs Slovakia prediction

Belgium click into gear with a convincing win that offers a reminder of their attacking talents, with Trossaard and Lukaku on the scoresheet. Belgium 3-0 Slovakia.

Chris Wilson17 June 2024 16:35

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An updated list of the results and reports from Euro 2024 so far.

Chris Wilson17 June 2024 16:30

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Is Belgium vs Slovakia on TV? Channel, start time and how to watch Euro 2024 fixture online tonight

Looking to the second game of the day, Belgium face Slovakia in Frankfurt in the second game of Group E.

The fixture will kick off at 5pm BST, and it will be shown live on ITV 1 and ITV X, with coverage starting from 4:15pm. You can find a full list of which channel is showing each match here.

Chris Wilson17 June 2024 16:20

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Belgium are ready to start their Euros campaign!

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Radu Dragusin, Romania’s defensive pillar at Euro 2024 – who Tottenham fans haven’t seen yet

Unbeaten in qualifying, perhaps there shouldn’t be quite so much surprise over Romania’s thumping victory over Ukraine.

The Tricolorii scored both well-worked and thunderously-hit strikes, claimed a 3-0 win in Group E and got themselves off to a magnificent start at Euro 2024, already a huge step towards the knockouts taken – something they’ve not managed since Euro 2000.

And yet for all the explosive nature of both goals and celebrations, Romania’s biggest strength in qualifying was one they showed again here in less obvious terms: their defensive resolve and organisation.

Mike Jones17 June 2024 16:11

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Fans and players alike are getting ready for Belgium vs Slovakia…

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