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Belgium will return to action for the first time since their World Cup debacle in November last year, when they travel to Friends Arena to take on Sweden in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Friday night. The golden generation of the Red Devils couldn’t progress from their group in Qatar, while Sweden didn’t make it to the finals, having lost the playoff final against Poland. The hosts are heading into the match on the back of four straight friendly victories. Meanwhile the last encounter between these two sides was back in 2016 in the European Championship which ended 1-0 in favour of Belgium, thanks to Radja Nianggolan’s 84th-minute strike.
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) March 24, 2023
Sweden didn’t have a great year in 2022, losing 2-0 to Poland in the World Cup qualification playoff final before losing four of their six Nations League games to finish at the bottom of League B Group 4. Nevertheless, Janne Andersson managed to steady the ship by winning their last four friendlies against Mexico, Algeria, Finland and Iceland. The Blue and Yellows defeated Iceland 2-1 in their last outing in January, courtesy of two late goals from Elias Andersson and Jacob Ondrejka. Blagult are in Group F of the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifier alongside Belgium, Austria, Azerbaijan and Estonia.
Belgium. meanwhile, couldn’t progress to the knockout round of the World Cup in Qatar after finishing third in Group F, with four points to their name, one adrift of the top two. The Red Devils started their campaign with a 1-0 win over Canada, before losing 2-0 to Morocco and then were held to a goalless draw by Croatia in a must-win final group-match. Belgium have reached the quarter-finals of each of the last two European Championship finals, while their best performance in the competition was back in 1980, finishing runner-up. Meanwhile, the Red Devils are now entering new era, with Domenico Tedesco now in charge of the national team, with the Italian-German tactician being appointed head coach at the start of February.
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Sweden Probable Starting Lineup: Olsen, Holm, Hien, Lindelof, Augustinsson, Claesson, Olsson, Karlstrom, Forsberg, Isak, Kulusevski
Belgium Probable Starting Lineup: Courtois, Meunier, Vertonghen, Faes, Castagne, Onana, De Bruyne, Lavia, Trossard, Lukaku, Carrasco
Head to Head
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Belgium beat Sweden||1-0|
|Belgium beat Sweden||0-2|
|Belgium beat Sweden||2-1|
|Sweden beat Belgium||0-2|
|Sweden beat Belgium||2-0|
Sweden vs Belgium Live Schedule and Fixture
The UEFA Euro 2024 qualifier between Sweden and Belgium will take place at Friends Arena on Saturday at 1:15 am IST.
|Sweden vs Belgium||Key Details|
|Date||March 24 (Sweden)|
|Kickoff time in Sweden||8:45 pm (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in Belgium||8:45 pm (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in India||1:15 am (Saturday)|
Where to watch Sweden vs Belgium ?
The live telecast of the Euro 2024 qualification matches will be available on Sony Sports network. Besides fans in India can live stream through Jio TV and Sony LIV. Football fans in Belgium can catch the live action via La Une, VTM and Sporza, while those in Sweden can tune to Via Play Sweden and TV 6 Sweden.