Belgium couldn't open their scoring against a strong Italy defence © Getty Images
Belgium couldn’t open their scoring against a strong Italy defence © Getty Images

Begium will face Republic of Ireland in Match 22 of Euro 2016 at Stade de Bordeaux, France. You can watch the BEL vs IRE live telecast on Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD, Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming of the match is also available on SonyLiv.com. The match will start at 6:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST) on Saturday, June, 18. Belgium after a 2-0 loss to Italy, will need to come back strong if they want to stay alive in the competition. Ireland on the other hand, drew against Sweden in their first match of Euro 2016. All in all, this match promises high excitement and thrill and might end up being a close contest.

Belgium couldn’t open their scoring against a strong Italy defence but they did concede 2 goals. They are currently on the bottom of their group and need an inspiring performance from players like Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini and Kevin de Bruyne. Lukaku will also have to improve his finishing in order for Belgium to get a goal early on.

Republic of Ireland on the other hand, went ahead against Sweden, thanks to Hoolahan’s goal in the 48th minute. But an unfortunate own goal from Ciaran Clark landed a ball into their own net. Martin O’Neill, Ireland’s manager will again be looking to bring out his side with an attacking mindset. Robbie Keane might have to be at his best if Ireland want to score and go forward in the tournament.

Nonetheless, history will be on Belgium’s side as they have not lost to ireland in the last 50 years. Both teams need a win to stay afloat, Belgium need it more though.