Belgium will meet Italy in the quarter finals of Euro 2020, with both teams determined to earn a winning place. In the article below, we update TV channels, live stream, online, how to watch the match.
The UEFA Euro 2020 is back with a series of intriguing quarterfinals this weekend as Italy take on Belgium at the Allianz Arena on Friday. Both teams have been thoroughly impressive so far and will need to lay down a marker in this fixture.
Belgium have peaked at just the right time under Roberto Martinez and Euro 2020 could represent one of their Golden Generation's last shots at glory. The Red Devils edged Portugal to a 1-0 victory in their previous game and will have to be equally robust in this match.
Italy were given a run for their money against Austria last week and do have a few issues to resolve ahead of this game. The Azzurri are on an exceptional winning streak at the moment and have a point to prove against Belgium this weekend.
Date, kick-off time and venue
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Belgium vs Italy is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
Where to watch Belgium vs Italy
TV channel: The match will be televised on BBC One for free.
Live stream: UK viewers will be able to watch the match online via the BBC iPlayer.
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How to watch a FREE Belgium vs Italy live stream online in the UK
The great news for football fans based in the UK is that, as ever, you can watch Euro 2020 FREE online for every single game of the tournament!
2021 Euro coverage is being split equally between the BBC and ITV, and both broadcasters will show the final.
The BBC is showing two of Wales' group games and the huge England vs Scotland clash, with ITV set to show two each of England and Scotland's group games.
If you're trying to watch online (either live or on catch-up), you can easily get a free Euro 2020 live stream on the BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub websites or mobile apps - just make sure you possess a valid TV license.
Not in the UK for Euro 2020? No worries - residents of the country can just download and install a VPN to port themselves back home to a UK location, then watch live as normal.
How to watch a FREE Belgium vs Italy live stream in the US
ESPN and ABC are providing comprehensive coverage of Euro 2020 in the US. If you have them as part of a cable package, you'll be able to stream games directly through the ESPN website and the ABC website.
Cord-cutters are in luck, too, as you can get both channels without having an expensive cable package. And the best value out there is Sling TV.
Sling will be showing all the matches as ESPN is included as part of its Sling Orange package, and ABC game swill be simulcast on ESPN3 that's also in the deal. Usually, it would cost you $35 a month, but right now Sling TV has a special offer where you get the first month for only $10. An absolute bargain
Another solid option is fuboTV. It's a complete end-to-end cable replacement service, which offers ESPN, ABC and over 120 other channels on plans starting from $64.99 a month - after you take advantage of its FREE FuboTV trial offer, of course.
New or existing subscribers to US streaming services can still access the platform of their choice from abroad, too - all you need is the help of a good VPN.
How to watch Belgium vs Italy in Australia
In Australia, there's only one place to tune into Euro 2020, with Optus Sport set to show all 51 matches of the tournament.
Optus coverage can be streamed via mobile and tablet with the channel's app, while cord-cutters can also access the service on Fetch TV, Chromecast or Apple TV.
And if you leave Oz at any point during the tournament, simply use a VPN to tune in as normal on your Optus account.
How to watch Belgium vs Italy in Belgium
The VRT is the national public-service broadcaster for the Flemish Community of Belgium.
The NIR/INR and BRT had each been single state-owned entities with separate Dutch- and French-language production departments. They were housed in Le Flagey, formerly known as the Maison de la Radio, from when the new building was completed in 1938 until 1974, when the building became too small. However, in 1977, as part of the ongoing state reform in Belgium broadcasting became reserved to the language communities rather than the national government in 1977. Accordingly, BRT/RTB went their separate ways in 1977. While the former French half changed its name to RTBF in 1977, the Dutch side retained the BRT name until becoming BRTN in 1991. However, the two broadcasters share production facilities on Auguste Reyerslaan (French: Boulevard Auguste Reyers) in Brussels.
The final renaming to VRT, on 1 January 1998, followed a change in the organization's legal status: from being part of a semi-governmental entity (a parastatale in Belgian terminology) it had, on 16 April 1997, became a publicly owned corporation (NV van publiek recht) in its own right.
As successors to the NIR/INR, VRT and its counterpart in the French Community of Belgium, RTBF, share the Belgian membership in the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – an association of public broadcasters in the countries of Europe and the Mediterranean rim that, amongst other activities, organises the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Much like RTBF, it is also one of the 23 founding members.
With the ending of its television monopoly – marked by the creation of VTM, a commercial television company that initially captured more than half of VRT's audience – the public broadcaster has been compelled to fight back, and part of its successful response has been the use of external production houses such as Woestijnvis, the creator of such formats as The Mole (De mol) and Man bites dog (TV series).
How to watch Belgium vs Italy in Italy
Sky Italia S.r.l. is a British satellite television platform operating in Italy by Sky, itself owned by Comcast. Sky Italia also broadcasts three national free-to-air television channels: TV8, Cielo and Sky TG24. As of 2018, following an agreement with Mediaset, Sky Italia also operates a series of subscription-based terrestrial channels offering sports, entertainment and movies. Sky Italia is also the major sports broadcaster in Italy.
Pay TV services on Sky Italia satellite platform are encrypted in NDS VideoGuard.
Quarter-finals: July 2-3
Friday, July 2
5 p.m. Switzerland vs Spain ITV
8 p.m. Belgium vs Italy BBC
Saturday, July 3
5 p.m. Czech Republic vs Denmark ITV
8 p.m. Ukraine vs England BBC
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