France set out in search of a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 on Bastille Day

France will try to secure their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 when they meet Belgium at the New York stadium.

Les Bleues moved to the top of Group D with a comfortable 5-1 win over Italy on Sunday, and victory over Belgium, who drew with Iceland in their opening game, will seal their place in the last eight .

Italy will have to come up with something after that defeat and face Iceland at Manchester City Academy Stadium.

Here, the PA news agency looks ahead to Thursday’s games after the Netherlands recorded their first win in another action-packed night on Wednesday.

The Italian job

Italy’s tournament could not have got off to a worse start after France beat in Sunday’s opener.

As a result, Le Azzurre know they must beat Iceland to carry their fate into the final – if they lose, they are eliminated.

Italy head coach Milena Bertolini told “We have to be angry, take the right approach and be ready to react. Our tournament starts now.”

Five-star France works again

France looked commanding as they scored five first-half goals against Italy at Rotherham and now they can secure their place in the last eight if they get past Belgium.

It would be a fitting treat for their country on Bastille Day and they hope to send another declaration of intent to the other participants in the tournament.

Belgium won’t be a hare in the spotlight but know they need to improve on their opening draw against Iceland.

Netherlands is running

The Netherlands, winners of the 2017 edition of the tournament, endured a thrilling battle with Portugal in Leigh to move top of Group C. An emphatic night lay ahead as they led 2-0 in the first half through Damaris Egurrola went and Stefanie van der Gragt headers.

But Carole Costa’s penalty, which came after a VAR intervention, put Portugal back in the game before the break and then Diana Silva stunned the Dutch by equalizing.

However, Van de Donk had the last word and scored a goal that suited to winning an entertaining game as she rolled from the edge of the box to the top corner. A point in the last game against Switzerland guarantees progress, while Portugal need to win against Sweden.

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Netherlands’ Damaris Egurrola (left) and Portugal’s Ana Borges battle for the ball during their Group C match (Nick Potts/PA)

(PA wire)

quote of the Day

We have to be angry, take the right approach and show a willingness to react. Our tournament starts now

Italy’s coach Milena Bertolini


July 14th

Group D: Italy v Iceland (5pm, Manchester City Academy) Group D: France v Belgium (8pm, New York Stadium) France set out in search of a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 on Bastille Day

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