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Euro 2020 Open Watch Thread: Day 18

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Eight teams remain. Four will advance over the next two days.

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The quarterfinals at Euro 2020 are here.

And, as you might expect in a tournament where there has been plenty of drama and unexpected things happening, you’ve got a little bit of everything when it comes to the teams that still remain. There’s big names. There’s a few surprises. There’s a feel-good story or two. There’s, essentially, a little bit of everything with the eight teams that remain.

It just so happens that today is Italy’s latest test in the Azzurri’s quest to fulfill all of that hype from early on in the tournament.

Today’s schedule:

  • Alvaro Morata and Spain vs. Switzerland
  • Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Chiesa and Italy vs. Belgium

That’s a nice little Friday. That is, if you’re not going to be sitting and sweating out one of these games because you have a rooting interest. So if that’s the case, then it might not be a “nice” Friday. It could very well turn into a very stressful Friday — which, given what the second game of the day is, seems very, very likely.

For Italy, it’s simple at this point: Belgium is the toughest team they’re going to have played in this tournament so far, injuries and all. They might not be the 100 percent squad that they were prior to the Round of 16, but they’re still dangerous as all hell, and Italy getting past the No. 1-ranked team in the world will be a huge boon to their hopes of winning the whole damn thing.

This is Italy’s biggest test to date. Now, just like in the previous round, we get to see what they’re all about.

Spain vs. Switzerland

MATCH INFO

When: 6 p.m. local time and across Europe; 5 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 12 p.m. on the East Coast; 9 a.m. on the West Coast

Where: Saint-Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia

HOW TO WATCH

Television: ESPN (United States); TSN1, TSN4, TSN5, TVA Sports (Canada); ITV 1 UK, STV Scotland (United Kingdom)

Online/mobile: WatchESPN, fuboTV (United States); TSN.ca, TSN app (Canada); The ITV Hub (United Kingdom)

Italy vs. Belgium

MATCH INFO

When: 9 p.m. local time and across Europe; 8 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3 p.m. on the East Coast; 12 p.m. on the West Coast

Where: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

HOW TO WATCH

Television: ESPN (United States); TSN1, TSN4, TSN5, TVA Sports (Canada); BBC One (United Kingdom); Sky Sport Uno, Sky Sport Football, RAI 1 (Italy)

Online/mobile: WatchESPN, fuboTV (United States); TSN.ca, TSN app (Canada); BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Web (United Kingdom); RaiPlay, SKY Go Italia, NOW TV (Italy)

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