Nainggolan plays 90 minutes as Belgium beat Norway


f4x4avduqte935lj3jaqRadja Nainggolan recovered from a minor calf complaint to start Belgium’s final Euro 2016 warm-up friendly against Norway on Sunday.

The Giallorossi midfielder, who picked up the injury during Belgium’s training camp in May, played the whole match in Brussels, which the Red Devils won 3-2.

Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots had announced that Radja would play during a press conference ahead of the game.

“It’s the last week before the Euros and the adrenaline is starting to rise,” he told reporters on Saturday. “Nainggolan will play the full game against Norway if he’s able to. What I’m interested in is the players getting minutes under their belts – I want them all to go into the Euros without having played too much but with enough in their legs for the tournament.”

Belgium are in Group E along with Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden at the European Championship, which runs from 10 June to 10 July. Nainggolan’s national side face the Azzurri in their opening game.

Radja featured 42 times and scored six goals for the Giallorossi last season and played a key role for Belgium during the qualifying process, with nine appearances and two goals.

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