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Belgium v Republic of Ireland

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Belgium v Republic of Ireland (Kick-off 2.00pm). The weekend's fixtures get under way with this Group E clash at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, as both teams play their second match of the campaign. Although the sides have not met since Belgium recorded a 2-1 home win in 1997, both sides will be very familiar with each other. A large proportion of the Belgian squad ply their trade in England, meaning the Irish will know exactly how talented the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne are. Everton's James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman will be particularly wary of the threat Lukaku poses, having seen him spearhead their attack at club level to great effect. However, despite the impressive strength in depth their opponents possess, Martin O'Neill's men are likely to go into this match without fear. Their victory over world champions Germany during their qualification campaign demonstrated they can be a match for anyone on their day, and victory in this tie would put them in contention to reach the knockout stages of this competition for the first time in their history. Presented by Mark Pougatch, with commentary by Sam Matterface and Andy Townsend, and analysis from Richard Dunne, Emmanuel Petit and Lee Dixon.

Review

Is this Belgium side a world-beater or a lop-sided rabble? Having slowly run out of ideas at the 2014 World Cup, the bright talents – Lukaku, Hazard, De Bruyne, Nainggolan – are tougher now. Are they a team? Martin O’Neill’s canny, positive Republic side are capable of exploiting the traditional Belgian weakness at full-back.

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PresenterMark Pougatch
CommentatorSam Matterface
CommentatorAndy Townsend
GuestEmmanuel Petit
GuestLee Dixon
GuestRichard Dunne

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EditorPhil Heslop

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    Belgium v Republic of Ireland (Kick-off 2.00pm). The weekend's fixtures get under way with this Group E clash at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, as both teams play their second match of the campaign. Although the sides have not met since Belgium recorded a 2-1 home win in 1997, both sides will be very familiar with each other. A large proportion of the Belgian squad ply their trade in England, meaning the Irish will know exactly how talented the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne are. Everton's James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman will be particularly wary of the threat Lukaku poses, having seen him spearhead their attack at club level to great effect. However, despite the impressive strength in depth their opponents possess, Martin O'Neill's men are likely to go into this match without fear. Their victory over world champions Germany during their qualification campaign demonstrated they can be a match for anyone on their day, and victory in this tie would put them in contention to reach the knockout stages of this competition for the first time in their history. Presented by Mark Pougatch, with commentary by Sam Matterface and Andy Townsend, and analysis from Richard Dunne, Emmanuel Petit and Lee Dixon.

    Review

    Is this Belgium side a world-beater or a lop-sided rabble? Having slowly run out of ideas at the 2014 World Cup, the bright talents – Lukaku, Hazard, De Bruyne, Nainggolan – are tougher now. Are they a team? Martin O’Neill’s canny, positive Republic side are capable of exploiting the traditional Belgian weakness at full-back.

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterMark Pougatch
    CommentatorSam Matterface
    CommentatorAndy Townsend
    GuestEmmanuel Petit
    GuestLee Dixon
    GuestRichard Dunne

    Crew

    rolename
    EditorPhil Heslop

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