LIVE – EURO 2020: Belgium look to seal top spot in Group B against Finland as Denmark hope to record first win of the tournament against Russia and sneak into knockout stages
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Belgium will be looking to complete a perfect group stage with a third straight victory when they face Finland in St Petersburg.
Roberto Martinez’s side are already through to the last-16 and if they avoid defeat in the 8pm BST kick-off are certain to progress as group winners.
Finland in their first ever major tournament will hope to join them in the knockout stages, but must win to guarantee their progression.
Follow Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY for live Euro 2020 coverage of Finland vs Belgium, including build-up, team news and scoreline.
Elsewhere, Group B rivals Russia and Denmark are also in action, which we will keep you up-to-date with.
Russia will likely be through if they avoid defeat, but this is must-win territory for Denmark having lost their opening two games.
Russia: Safonov, Diveev, Kudryashov, Dzhikija, Fernandes, Ozdoev, Zobnin, Golovin, Kuzyaev, Miranchuk, Dzyuba.
Subs: Shunin, Karavaev, Semenov, Cheryshev, Barinov, Sobolev, Zabolotny, Dyupin, Zhemaletdinov, Ionov, Evgeniev, Mukhin.
Denmark: Schmeichel, Christensen, Kjaer, Vestergaard, Wass, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Maehle, Braithwaite, Damsgaard, Poulsen.
Subs: Andersen, Skov, Skov Olsen, Dolberg, Mathias Zanka Jorgensen, Norgaard, Lossl, Stryger Larsen, Wind, Cornelius, Ronnow, Jensen.
Referee: Clement Turpin (France)
If you fancy a responsible flutter this evening, then it could be worth looking at a Finland win. They are 11/1 at Betfair, and given Belgium are already through and have made many changes to their side – it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Finland could off a shock.
Holland have defeated North Macedonia 3-0 to make it three wins from three and they will be joined in the last-16 by Austria who saw off Ukraine 1-0.
Ukraine could still progress as a third placed side but it’s not looking good for them. Their record would have seen them eliminated at Euro 2016…
Sharp suits for Finland as opposed to the tracksuits and casual wear for Belgium. They will be keen to get Joel Pohjanpalo more service than he did against Russia in attack.
Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne were left out of the 2-1 comeback win over Denmark but they are one of eight changes to the side who have already secured a place in the last-16, with only keeper Thibaut Courtois, Jason Denayer and Romelu Lukaku retaining their places.
Finland make one change to the side defeated 1-0 by Russia and revert back to the side who edged Denmark as skipper Tim Sparv returns in place of Rasmus Schuller in midfield.
All the teams could still qualify this evening, and we even have a potential scenario where Belgium, Russia and Finland could finish on the same points. If that were to happen all would go through but there would be so many ifs and buts on the order of them so let’s leave that topic for now…
Temperatures even now as dusk falls are still in the 30s, and it is quite humid in Russia too. Doesn’t exactly make for excellent football conditions but at least there won’t be an energy sapping sun beating down to completely drain the game of tempo.
We may be coming to the end of the group stages but we are only getting rid of eight teams from 24 so plenty of football to come yet!
Still, we need to know who are going through as group winners, runners-up or even as one of the four best third placed teams. And that is something that all the teams in Group B this evening will be keeping an eye on. Good evening folks and welcome to all the Group B drama coming your way…
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