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Player vs Player Battle: Belgium vs Italy

Siddharth Nair

Rajda Nainggolan vs Marco Verratti


Nainggolan’s stock in world football has been rising for the last few years and that can be seen by the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd jostling over his signature. A powerful midfielder, Nainggolan will be in direct opposition against the silky Verratti at the heart of the midfield.


Tough t0 call, but whosoever wins this battle will gain a huge advantage for his team.

Eden Hazard vs Daniele De Rossi


De Rossi will require all his class and experience to stop Hazard from causing havoc for the Italian defense. Although he had a terrible season with Chelsea, Hazard’s form took an upturn near the end of the season and he will look to carry that form into the Euros.


Very even but Hazard might just shade it.

Kevin De Bruyne vs Claudio Marchisio

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After a fantastic debut season in England. De Bruyne will be looking to play a starring role in Belgium’s quest for the European championships. He will be up against the skillful Marchisio in one of the premier individual battles on the pitch.


De Bruyne might win this.

Vincent Kompany vs Graziano Pelle


Vincent Kompany might not be the force that he was a few years ago, but he still has the quality to lead to the Belgian defense in France. Pelle will be a familiar premier league foe and it should make for an interesting battle. Pelle will be inspired to be the focal point of the Italian attack in the Euros.


Kompany to win this.

Romelu Lukaku vs Giorgio Chiellini

Jul 1, 2014; Salvador, BRAZIL; Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku (9) celebrates his goal in overtime against USA during the round of sixteen match in the 2014 World Cup at Arena Fonte Nova. Belgium defeated USA 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lukaku is coming into the Euros on the back of a strong season with Everton. His power and pace will be looking to cause problems to the Italian defense and will be the focal point of his team’s attack. Chiellini will need all his experience to control this Belgium brute of a striker.


Lukaku to win.

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