Player Ratings: Belgium v Italy
Who stood out after Italy's remarkable 2-0 victory over Belgium to open the Euro 2016 campaign? David Swan rates the Azzurri.
Vertonghen: 'Belgium played well'
Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen tried to look on the bright side after a 2-0 defeat to Italy. “We showed we are a good team.”
Courtois: 'Italy outclassed Belgium'
Thibaut Courtois felt Belgium were “tactically outclassed” by Italy in their 2-0 Euro 2016 opener in Lyon.
Buffon: 'Unique Azzurri unity'
Gigi Buffon said Italy have “the kind of unity you can rarely see in any other team” after beating fancied Belgium 2-0.
Giaccherini: 'Goal all about first touch'
Emanuele Giaccherini described his goal against Belgium and an emotional dedication from the Italy midfielder.
Parolo: 'Running in my DNA'
Marco Parolo gave insight into his remarkable work-rate. “I come from a family of cycling enthusiasts, running is in my DNA.”
Bonucci: 'That's my kind of pass'
Leonardo Bonucci explained his Pirlo-esque pass and the importance of repetition in training as Italy beat Belgium 2-0.
Conte: 'Italy have unity'
Antonio Conte praised Italy’s “unity” after a 2-0 victory over Belgium and joked about his celebratory cut lip.
Impressive Italy beat Belgium
Emanuele Giaccherini and a last-gasp Graziano Pelle' counter gave Italy the perfect start to Euro 2016, beating Group E seeds Belgium 2-0.
Sweden scrape Irish draw
The Republic of Ireland scored an own goal as Sweden scraped a 1-1 draw in the Group E opener.
Line-ups: Belgium v Italy
Italy start Eder, Daniele De Rossi and Matteo Darmian with Graziano Pellè against Belgium’s Radja Nainggolan and Eden Hazard.
LIVEBLOG: Belgium v Italy
Join us for the build-up and action from Italy’s Euro 2016 opener against Belgium in Lyon.
Ranieri: 'Italy like Leicester'
Claudio Ranieri feels “this Italy side has the same spirit as my Leicester City,” but has no intention of being Azzurri boss one day.
Bonucci: ‘Italy aiming for Quarters’
Leonardo Bonucci admits Italy are “less frightening” but aims “to get to at least the Quarter-Finals”.
Gattuso: 'Conte among world's best'
Veteran Gennaro Gattuso says ahead of tonight's Italy-Belgium game that 'Antonio Conte is among the best Coaches in the world'.
Ibra: 'Strong for Sweden'
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he 'feels stronger every year' as he prepares to face the Republic of Ireland, in the same group as the Azzurri
Behrami: 'Italy too pessimistic'
Switzerland international Valon Behrami thinks the Azzurri are 'too pessimistic, you have the right formation to hurt Belgium'.
Italy: Eder to start
Eder and Graziano Pelle look set to start for Italy, while Belgium will field Marouane Fellaini in their Euro 2016 opener.
Conte 'best Coach at Euro 2016'
Ex-Milan and Italy defender Alessandro Costacurta believes Antonio Conte is “the best Coach at Euro 2016.”
Buffon: 'My final Euros'
Gigi Buffon is well aware this is his final European Championship and has the experience to enjoy it. “We can prove ourselves.”
Conte: 'Italy-Belgium entertaining'
Antonio Conte wants “no regrets” and expects Belgium v Italy to be “one of the most interesting games of Euro 2016.”
De Sciglio: 'I'll never be a Coach'
Mattia De Sciglio revealed the biggest jokers in the Italy squad, Paolo Maldini inspiration and why he’ll never be a Coach.
Wilmots: 'Italy tactically inventive'
Marc Wilmots admits Italy could “invent something unexpected” on a tactical level, but Belgium are ready for them.
Hazard: 'I'll impress Conte'
Eden Hazard can’t wait to face Antonio Conte and Gigi Buffon, but hopes Belgium get “at least a draw” with Italy.
Scifo: 'Italy will trouble Belgium'
Enzo Scifo warns “Italy will cause Belgium problems” in Lyon tomorrow evening.
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