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Ukraine v Belgium LIVE: Latest build up and teams news ahead of key Group E clash

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Wednesday evening sees the conclusion of the closest group in Euro 2024 as Ukraine take on Belgium in Stuttgart and Slovakia face Romania.

Domenico Tedesco’s Belgium side recovered from a shock loss against Slovakia in their first match in time to beat Romania 2-0 last time out, and Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and co. will be aware that they need another three points if they want to try and ensure first place in the group.

In their way stands a Ukraine team with similar fortunes – having been beaten in their opener by Romania, they recovered to beat Slovakia 2-1 in the next game. The two sides were the favourites to qualify from Group E, but a win for either of them may condemn them to third, or even fourth.

With all four teams in the group having won one game, Group E is perhaps the most intriguing group as we head into the final round of fixtures. Each team knows that a win guarantees them a place in the last 16, but one point is better than nothing, especially with the four best-performing third-placed teams qualifying too.

Can Belgium do it, or will they be condemned to the latest in a series of major tournament failures?

Follow the latest updates and reaction to Ukraine v Belgium below, as well as updates from the other Group E game as Slovakia face Romania:

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Group E results so far and remaining fixtures

June 26, Frankfurt: Slovakia v Romania (1700)

June 26, Stuttgart: Ukraine v Belgium (1700)

Mike Jones26 June 2024 15:25

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What do Ukraine need to qualify?

With all four teams in the group level on three points going into the final round, it’s all to play for in a wide-open Group E. In one way, it’s simple for the four teams involved: win and you’re in the last-16.

Ukraine: Can go through with a win against Belgium.

A draw would be enough to finish third on four points, but only if there is a winner in the other game between Romania and Slovakia.

If all four teams finish on four points, then Ukraine would go out on goal difference. A defeat would only be good enough for third if Romania beat Slovakia.

Mike Jones26 June 2024 15:19

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What do Slovakia need to qualify?

With all four teams in the group level on three points going into the final round, it’s all to play for in a wide-open Group E. In one way, it’s simple for the four teams involved: win and you’re in the last-16.

Slovakia: Can go through with a win or draw against Romania. Slovakia finish third with a draw, while they would also finish third if they and Belgium both lose. Slovakia would finish fourth if they lose and Belgium win.

Mike Jones26 June 2024 15:14

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What do Belgium need to qualify?

With all four teams in the group level on three points going into the final round, it’s all to play for in a wide-open Group E. In one way, it’s simple for the four teams involved: win and you’re in the last-16.

Belgium: Similar to Romania, with some variations.

Belgium will go through with a win against Ukraine, and top the group if the other game is a draw or if Romania defeat Slovakia. Belgium would go through if both games finish as a draw, and they would finish second with a draw and there’s a winner in the other game between Romania and Slovakia.

If Belgium lose, they would finish third if Slovakia win, and fourth if Romania win.

Mike Jones26 June 2024 15:09

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What do Romania need to qualify?

With all four teams in the group level on three points going into the final round, it’s all to play for in a wide-open Group E. In one way, it’s simple for the four teams involved: win and you’re in the last-16.

Romania: Will go through with a win.

If Romania draw against Slovakia, both teams go through on four points. If Romania draw and there’s a winner in the game between Belgium and Ukraine, then Romania would finish second on goal difference.

If both games finish as a draw, it would go down to goals scored again, so a 2-2 for Romania would be better than a 1-1 for Belgium, for example.

If Romania lose and the other game is a draw, then Romania would finish fourth and would be out. If Romania lose but there’s a winner in the other game between Belgium and Ukraine, they would finish third if the loser is Ukraine and fourth if the loser is Belgium.

Mike Jones26 June 2024 15:02

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What do Belgium, Ukraine, Romania and Slovakia need to qualify?

Euro 2024 arrives at the final round of the group stage to decide who will go through to the knockouts. As well as the top two teams in each of the six groups, the four best third-placed teams will also progress to make up the last-16, with the remaining eight nations cut from the tournament.

Next up is Group E and Group F, following a dramatic and potentially significant ending to Group D, where Austria topped the group ahead of France and the Netherlands. Group E is wide open, with all four teams going into the final day level on points and having the chance to go through.

The final two groups will determine the final ranking of third-placed teams, with England among those who are awaiting to discover their fate after topping Group C depsite a 0-0 draw against Slovenia.

Mike Jones26 June 2024 14:55

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Ukraine v Belgium prediction

Belgium showed some fighting spirit at last, as well as technical quality everyone knows they have, in their last game. If they show the same again they’ll win.

Mike Jones26 June 2024 14:49

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Ukraine v Belgium predicted line-ups and latest odds

Here’s how we see the two teams lining up for tonight’s crucial Group E clash:

Ukrain XI: Trubin, Tymchyk, Zabarnyi, Matviienko, Zinchenkp, Shaparenko, Brazhko, Yarmolenko, Sudakov, Mudryk, Dovbyk

Belgium XI: Casteels, Castagne, Faes, Vertonghen, De Cuyper, Onana, Tielemans, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Doku, Lukaku

And here are the latest odds for the game:

Mike Jones26 June 2024 14:42

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What is the early team news?

Ukraine have nobody to worry about in terms of fitness or suspension, so it’s likely to be the same starting XI which saw them bounce back to beat Slovakia last time out. That means Anatolii Trubin should keep his place in goal and Artem Dovbyk will lead the line again.

Belgium do have a few absentees, but injury doubts Axel Witsel and Thomas Meunier wouldn’t have been starting anyway. Dodi Lukebakio might have been a consideration on the flank but is suspended. Arthur Theate is the only other possible player to miss out with injury.

Mike Jones26 June 2024 14:35

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How to watch Ukraine vs Belgium

The match kicks off at 5pm BST on 26 June at the MHP Arena in Stuttgart.

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Mike Jones26 June 2024 14:29

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