Belgium start Hazard, De Bruyne, Witsel against Finland


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Group B - Belgium v Russia - Gazprom Arena, Saint Petersburg, Russia - June 12, 2021 Belgium's Eden Hazard Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Belgium are starting captain Eden Hazard, playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and midfielder Axel Witsel together for the first time in the European Championship in their final Group B match against Finland on Monday.

Belgium, who have booked their place in the last 16, chose to rest midfielder Youri Tielemans, a key player in their wins over Russia and Denmark.

Finland captain Tim Sparv, who did not play in their 1-0 loss to Russia due to a knee injury, returns to the starting line-up against top-ranked Belgium.

Finland will progress to the next stage with a win. A draw would also send them through if Russia lose to Denmark in the other Group B game in Copenhagen on Monday.

Finland: Lukas Hradecky; Joona Toivio, Paulus Arajuuri, Daniel O'Shaughnessy; Jukka Raitala, Robin Lod, Tim Sparv (captain), Glen Kamara, Jere Uronen; Joel Pohjanpalo, Teemu Pukki

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Thomas Vermaelen, Jason Denayer, Dedryck Boyata; Nacer Chadli, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Leandro Trossard, Eden Hazard (captain); Jeremy Doku, Romelu Lukaku

(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Hyderabad and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in St Petersburg; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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