Belgium vs Ireland : 5 Key Player Battles

Siddharth Nair

Romelu Lukaku vs John O’ Shea


Even though he had a poor match against Italy, Lukaku is coming into the Euros on the back of a strong season with Everton. John O’Shea is an experienced defender who will be in charge of leading the Irish defense in France.


Tough t0 call, but Lukaku might shade it.

Radja Nainggolan vs James McCarthy


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.His power and and runs from midfield will be a threat so it will be up to McCarthy and company to stop that from happening.


McCarhty did not have a great season with Everton but his quality is undeniable and should be a match for Nainggolan in this contest.

Kevin De Bruyne vs James McClean

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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.. McClean is a qulaity player but his lack of experience in such games might come to hurt him.


KDB should win this.

Thomas Vermaelan vs Shane Long


Shane Long has developed into a speedy striker with the knack of scoring goals. His lightning pace allows him to get past defenders and finish clinically. While Vermalean is an accomplished defender, he will have difficulty in stopping Long for the entire match.


Long to win this.

Eden Hazard vs Shay Given

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Eden Hazard will need his inspire his talented team if they need to progress far into this competition. It is time he takes responsibility and scores a goal or two. Shay Given should pray that Hazard is not in the mood, because if he is then nothing is good enough to stop him.


Hazard to win.

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