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Belgium eased to comfortable 3-0 victory against Russia

Sat 12 June 2021 | 21:44

Belgium started their European Championship campaign on Saturday by beating Russia 3-0 on the back of a Romelu Lukaku’s brace.

Inter

striker

Romelu Lukaku

opened the scoring for

Belgium

only after 10 minutes and then ran to the pitchside camera and appeared to pay tribute to his Inter teammate

Christian Eriksen

,

who collapsed on the pitch and was stretchered off during Denmark's match against Finland

.

The Red Devils doubled their lead before half-time after substitute

Thomas Meunier

- an early replacement for injured

Leicester

defender

Timothy

Castagne

- slotted in when Anton Shunin failed to hold a cross.

Russia

tried to get back into the match in the second half but

Lukaku

then rounded it off with his second of the game late on, firing past

Shunin

to secure all three points and put them in the top spot of Group B.

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Roberto Martinez

’s side are currently ranked No1 in the FIFA world rankings, but that means they can no longer be considered dark horses to finally land an international trophy - and they will rightly be considered among the favorites at the Euros this summer.

Russia will be back in Group B action in St Petersburg on Wednesday when

Finland

are the visitors (14:00 BST), while Belgium head to Copenhagen to face

Denmark

on Thursday (17:00 BST).


source: SportMob