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PARIS, June 13. /TASS/. Italy’s national football team has defeated Belgium 2-0 in a group stage match of the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup underway in France.
The Group E game was held at the Stade des Lumi·res stadium in Lyon. Italy’s Emanuele Giaccherini shot a goal in the 32nd minute and Graziano Pell· in the 90th minute.
Belgium’s team, which now holds the second place in the rating of FIFA, had 11 debutants of European championships. Last time Belgians took part in the final part of the continental championship at the home tournament in 2000.
Group E also comprises Sweden and Ireland, which earlier Monday played a match that ended in a draw 1-1. Next time, Italy will on June 17 play Sweden in Toulouse, and Belgium will next day play Ireland in Bordeaux.
The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup is held in France between June 10 and July 10 with matches played in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.
A total of 24 European national teams qualified for the Euro Cup final tournament in 2016, after the contestants’ format, which was used since 1996, was decided to be extended from 16 to 24 teams.