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Good afternoon and welcome to reside protection of 1 half of the denouement of Group E, aka ‘the gnat’s chuff’ quartet. All 4 groups are stage on three factors with Belgium in second place on a purpose distinction of plus one and Ukraine backside on -2. Given the 24-team format permits six third-placed groups to undergo, Ukraine’s purpose distinction implies that they should exit for a win as a result of ought to Romania and Slovakia attract Frankfurt – what do you imply Frankfurt-Gijón? – then each of them will undergo with 4 factors. Not that there’s any likelihood of a stitch-up there…

Nonetheless greatest for either side at the moment to exit and win simply to make certain, which ought to make for an entertaining sport which shall be a respite after the boredom, bafflement and bile of final evening. Belgium had been unfortunate towards Slovakia, taking place by advantage of a dumb handball name, and had been pushed on by a sterling Kevin De Bruyne efficiency to beat Romania on Saturday evening. Ukraine, having been gubbed by Romania rallied beautifully to beat Slovakia with Mykhailo Mudryk and Heorhii Sudakov enjoying nicely and a beautiful end from Roman Yaremchuk sealing the victory.

A degree for Belgium would suffice however that won’t infect their outlook, says head coach Domenico Tedesco. It’s not troublesome or powerful mentally,” he mentioned. “I can’t tell you the recipe for drawing a game: we only play to win. We won’t worry about permutations, we want to win. If it comes to the last 10 minutes or so, we know what to do to hang on to a result, but from the start there is no confusion. We are setting out to win it.”

Ukraine’s head coach, Serhiy Rebrov ,has urged his gamers to choose up the place they left off towards Slovakia. “It’s important that all the players understand their roles and play for each other,” he mentioned. “We need to get into the same mindset we had at the end of the game against Slovakia.”