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Belgium and France launch their Euro 22 campaigns

On Sunday, miserly Belgium and France join in the Euro 2022 party as Group D finally kicks off.

The Belgians kick off their campaign against Iceland at Manchester City Academy Stadium, while the French take on Italy at Rotherham’s New York Stadium.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at what lies ahead on day five of the final.

Go to goals

Belgium’s 15 appearances in the 2021-22 campaign have scored no less than 63 goals, and a continuation of this form would give them every chance of qualifying for the first time in the knockout stage at a tournament. major.

However, in Iceland they will face opponents who successfully negotiated the group stage in 2013 and are playing their fourth consecutive Euros.

No one will pass

France have gone through their eight Group G qualifiers without conceding a single goal and will go into their battle against Italy determined to extend that record.

However, the Italians, with seven Juventus players in their squad, reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2019 and will have high hopes of shaking French hopes.

as you were

All four Group C teams emerged from the first round of fixtures on Saturday with something to show for their efforts.

Defending champions Netherlands needed a second-half equalizer from Jill Roord to cancel out Jonna Andersson’s opener as they drew 1-1 with Sweden at Bramall Lane.

Switzerland, who led Portugal 2-0 after five minutes thanks to goals from Coumba Sow and Rahel Kiwic, had to settle for a point after Diana Gomes and Jessica Silva hit back at Leigh Sports Village.


Skipper Lia Walti will have reason to remember Switzerland’s opener with special fondness despite her failure to hold on to their lead.

The Arsenal midfielder, described by Swiss coach Nils Nielsen as the “brain, heart and soul” of his team, won his 100th cap against Portugal.

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Picture of the day

Rahel Kiwic (second right) scores Switzerland's second goal against Portugal (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA Wire)

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Rahel Kiwic (second right) scores Switzerland’s second goal against Portugal (Martin Rickett/PA) (PA Wire)

quote of the day

This is Portugal: a Portugal with a soul, a fighting spirit.

Portuguese striker Jessica Silva


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