Euro 2020 highlights: Lukaku brace powers Belgium to 3-0 win over Russia

Euro 2021: Follow the highlights of the EURO 2020 Group B match between Belgium and Russia at the Krestovsky Stadium.

Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for Belgium, giving the world no.1 side a 1-0 lead over host Russia.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Welcome to highlights of the EURO 2020 Group B match between Belgium and Russia at the Krestovsky Stadium.

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Romelu Lukaku delivered a heartfelt message to Denmark player Christian Eriksen after scoring the first of his two goals in a 3-0 win over Russia on Saturday at the European Championship. On an emotional day, given the developments surrounding Christian Ericksen, a charged Belgium took down Russia without a fight. Before the game, there were loud jeers around Saint Petersburg Stadium after Belgium’s players took a knee before kickoff. Loud music was played while the gesture against racism was taking place but the boos were still audible.

Belgium played to its strengths and was rarely threatened. This side looked dominant despite missing Kevin de Bruyne and despite Eden Hazard coming on for just a short cameo.

BEL vs RUS FT: 3-0



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Belgium starting XI: Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Jan Vertonghen; Timothy Castagne, Leander Dendoncker, Youri Tielemans; Dries Mertens, Thorgan Hazard, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco; Romelu Lukaku

Russia starting XI: Anton Shunin; Mario Fernandes, Semenov, Georgi Dzhikiya, Yuri Zhirkov;Barinov, Magomed Ozdoyev; Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyayev, Aleksandr Golovin; Artem Dzyuba

After a period of uncertainty surrounding Christian Eriksen, both UEFA and Denmark have put out releases stating that the midfielder is hospitalised and is stable. READ

Belgium takes on Russia in the Group B opener of the European Championships at the Krestovsky Stadium (known as Gazprom Arena) in Russia on Saturday.

Roberto Martinez's Belgium will miss star-midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in its opening match against Stanislav Cherchesov's Russia.

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Despite being the clear favourites on paper, Belgium will be wary of not underestimating the 2018 World Cup hosts after a monumental performance in the tournament, which saw Russia reach the quarterfinal after knocking out Spain in the Round of 16.

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Full squads

Belgium

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels; Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Timothy Castagne, Thomas Meunier, Jason Denayer, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen; Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco, Nacer Chadli, Thorgan Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Leander Dendoncker, Eden Hazard, Dennis Praet, Youri Tielemans, Hans Vanaken, Axel Witsel; Forwards: Jeremy Doku, Dries Mertens, Leandro Trossard, Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku

Russia

Goalkeepers: Yuri Dyupin, Matvei Safonov, Anton Shunin; Defenders: Georgi Dzhikiya, Igor Diveev, Vyacheslav Karavaev, Fedor Kudryashov, Andrei Semenov, Mario Fernandes; Midfielders: Dmitri Barinov, Rifat Zhemaletdinov, Maksim Mukhin, Aleksandr Golovin, Daniil Fomin, Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyayev, Andrei Mostovoy, Magomed Ozdoev, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Zhirkov; Forwards: Artem Dzyuba, Anton Zabolotny, Aleksandr Sobolev, Aleksei Miranchuk, Denis Makarov, Alexei Ionov.