Euro 2020, Finland vs Belgium: Top 5 players to watch out for in FIN vs BEL: Finland prepare to face a stern test from Belgium in their final Group B clash in Euro 2020 on Tuesday (IST) at the Krestovsky Stadium.
The Red Devils have already sealed qualification to the knockout rounds, but Finland are third and need at least a draw to be in contention for direct passage into the next round.
Without further delay, let’s take a closer look at the top five players to keep an eye on during the clash between Finland and Belgium in St Petersburg.
Euro 2020, Finland vs Belgium: Top 5 players to watch out for in FIN vs BEL
Euro 2020, Finland vs Belgium: Key Player 1
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)
The talismanic Belgian proved why he is probably the most creative midfielder in the world at the moment during the last game.
De Bruyne came off the bench when Belgium were trailing and set up the equalizer before netting the winner to break Danish hearts at Parken.
Roberto Martinez will be relieved by the fact that his star midfielder has shaken off the injury suffered in the Champions League final and has picked up from where he left off at club level.
Finland will have to work their socks off and more, if they are to keep De Bruyne quiet.
Euro 2020, Finland vs Belgium: Key Player 2
Teemu Pukki (Finland)
Joel Pohjanpalo has stolen the limelight off Pukki at the Euros this summer. The Norwich City striker was the joint top-scorer in the qualifying rounds, but has not found the back of the net in the actual competition yet.
However, if Finland can take inspiration from what Denmark did to Belgium, then there might be hope. Considering how Belgium struggled to deal with the high-press early on, Pukki could be set out to do the same on Tuesday.
In the end if Belgium do struggle again, Pukki could find himself in the right place to pull the trigger.
Euro 2020, Finland vs Belgium: Key Player 3
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
Lukaku might not have scored in the comeback win over Denmark, but there will be no denying his work rate. The marksman worked the channels and bullied the Danish defence with his presence on more than one instance.
In the build-up to the equalizer, Lukaku did extremely well to leave Simon Kjaer on the floor and then feed De Bruyne.
Finland like to defend in numbers, but that shouldn’t stop Lukaku from being the focal point in attack for Belgium. Thanks to his sparkling form, the Belgian will know he can convert even half chances into goals.
Euro 2020, Finland vs Belgium: Key Player 4
Jukka Raitala (Finland)
The 32-year-old full-back has been an excellent performer for Finland at the Euros. Raitala is defensively sound and can cross with either foot as well.
Although he has enjoyed considerable time going forward in each of the last two games, the game against Belgium could be different.
However, with Thorgan Hazard doubtful due to injury, Belgium could play Nacer Chadli in the left wing-back role. Raitala will feel much more confident if he is set to take on Chadli, who has not played a minute at the Euros this summer.
Euro 2020, Finland vs Belgium: Key Player 5
Eden Hazard (Belgium)
No one needs a sparkling Euro campaign more than Hazard. The Belgian has been plagued by injuries since his blockbuster move to Real Madrid and has been a shadow of his former self at Chelsea.
After the 30-year-old came off the bench and provided the assist to De Bruyne for the winning goal against Denmark, all hope is certainly not lost in terms of a revival.
Belgium have been very careful with him due to his injuries, but he might get a good run out against Finland and will be desperate to make it count. Hazard springing back to his best form could be the missing piece for Belgium in their hunt for a first major title.