3 - 0
FT

Romelu Lukaku 11' -
Scored: 11'


Thomas Meunier 34' -
Scored: 34'


Romelu Lukaku 88' -
Scored: 88'



Euro 2020 Report: Russia 0 - 3 Belgium

Sat, Jun 12 2021

Romelu Lukaku scored once in either half as Belgium eased past the hosts in St Petersburg. Credit: Eoin Smith

A Romelu Lukaku brace and a Thomas Meunier goal saw Belgium start their Euro 2020 campaign with a 3-0 win against Russia in St Petersburg on Saturday evening.

Lukaku and Meunier struck in the first half as the Red Devils raced into a 2-0 lead against the hosts before the Belgian number nine sealed the win with a third late on.

The opening chance brought the opening goal after 11 minutes as Dries Mertens played a low ball in from the right.

Andrei Semyonov messed up his clearance, playing Lukaku onside in the process. The Inter Milan forward then went onto finish coolly past Anton Shunin to put his side ahead.

Russia could have equalised six minutes later, but Magoem Ozdoev fired safely wide of Courtois’ goal after a knock down from Artem Dzyuba.

Leander Dendonker had a gilt-edged opportunity to double Belgium’s lead moments later, as Lukaku played the ball across to the Wolves midfielder.

Dendoncker fired over from eight yards, however, when he really should have scored.

Another mix up in the Russian defence handed Thorgan Hazard a chance to make it 2-0 after 23 minutes, but the Dortmund man was denied by Shunin from close range.

A couple of injuries forced both managers into first half substitutions with full-back Meunier one man to be introduced.

He took advantage of a loose ball after Shunin palmed Hazard’s cross in his direction. The defender the controlled the ball before passing the ball into the bottom corner.

Yannick Carrasco fashioned a chance out of nothing deep in first half stoppage time, as he beat three Russian players, but he shot just over from close range.

Russia came out for the second half eager to make their mark. The first chance of the second half came via a long range effort from Roman Zobnin who fired safely over from 30 yards.

The remainder of the second half consisted of Belgium running down the clock, but Lukaku was on hand to get his second and Belgium’s third with two minutes to go.

Meunier drifted inside before playing Lukaku through on goal and the ex-Manchester United man made no mistake in firing the ball past Shunin in the Russia goal.

Next up for Belgium is a trip to Copenhagen to take on Denmark next Thursday, while Russia host Finland in St Petersburg on Wednesday.

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Dedryck Boyata, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen (c) (Thomas Vermaelen 76); Leander Dendoncker, Timothy Castagne (Thomas Meunier 28), Thorgan Hazard, Youri Tielemans; Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (Dennis Praet 76), Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens (Eden Hazard 71).

Subs not used: Jeremy Doku, Jason Denayer, Nacer Chadli, Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi, Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels, Leandro Trossard.

Booked: None.

Russia: Anton Shunin; Yuri Zhirkov (Vyacheslav Karaveyev 43), Andrei Semyonov, Mario Fernandes, Georgy Dzhikya; Roman Zobnin (Maksim Mukhin 63), Magomed Ozdoev, Daler Kuzyaev (Denis Cheryshev 30), Aleksandr Golovin, Dmitri Barinov (Igor Diveev 46); Artem Dzyuba (c).

Subs not used: Rifat Zhemaletdinov, Anton Zabolotny, Aleksandr Sobolev, Matvei Safonov, Aleksei Ionov, Roman Evgenyev, Yuri Dyupin .

Booked: None.

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz.

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Romelu Lukaku (Belgium).


Belgium
WJune 12, 2021
Belgium 3 - 0 Russia
WJune 17, 2021
Denmark 1 - 2 Belgium
WJune 21, 2021
Finland 0 - 2 Belgium
WJune 27, 2021
Belgium 1 - 0 Portugal
LJuly 2, 2021
Belgium 1 - 2 Italy
Thibaut Courtois 1
Goalkeeper
Dedryck Boyata 4
Defender
Toby Alderweireld 2
Defender
© Jan Vertonghen 5
76'
76Subbed Off: Thomas Vermaelen 76'
Defender
Leander Dendoncker 19
Midfielder
Timothy Castagne 21
28'
28Subbed Off: Thomas Meunier 28'
Midfielder
Thorgan Hazard 16
Midfielder
Youri Tielemans 8
Midfielder
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco 11
76'
76Subbed Off: Dennis Praet 76'
Forward
Romelu Lukaku 9
Scored: 11'
Scored: 88'
Forward
Dries Mertens 14
71'
71Subbed Off: Eden Hazard 71'
Forward

Substitutes
Jeremy Doku 25
Forward
Jason Denayer 18
Defender
Nacer Chadli 22
Midfield
Christian Benteke 20
Forward
Michy Batshuayi 23
Forward
Eden Hazard 10
71'
71Subbed On: Dries Mertens 71'
Forward
Thomas Meunier 15
28'
28Subbed On: Timothy Castagne 28'
Scored: 34'
Defender
Simon Mignolet 12
Goalkeeper
Dennis Praet 26
76'
76Subbed On: Yannick Ferreira Carrasco 76'
Midfield
Matz Sels 13
Goalkeeper
Leandro Trossard 24
Forward
Thomas Vermaelen 3
76'
76Subbed On: Jan Vertonghen 76'
Defender
Russia
LNov. 15, 2020
Turkey 3 - 2 Russia
LNov. 18, 2020
Serbia 5 - 0 Russia
LJune 12, 2021
Belgium 3 - 0 Russia
WJune 16, 2021
Finland 0 - 1 Russia
LJune 21, 2021
Russia 1 - 4 Denmark
1 Anton Shunin
Goalkeeper
18 Yuri Zhirkov
Defender 43'
43Subbed Off: Vyacheslav Karaveyev 43'
5 Andrei Semyonov
Defender
2 Mario Fernandes
Defender
14 Georgy Dzhikya
Defender
11 Roman Zobnin
Midfielder 63'
63Subbed Off: Maksim Mukhin 63'
7 Magomed Ozdoev
Midfielder
23 Daler Kuzyaev
Midfielder 30'
30Subbed Off: Denis Cheryshev 30'
17 Aleksandr Golovin
Midfielder
8 Dmitri Barinov
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: Igor Diveev 46'
22 Artem Dzyuba ©
Forward

Substitutes
19 Rifat Zhemaletdinov
Forward
10 Anton Zabolotny
Forward
9 Aleksandr Sobolev
Forward
16 Matvei Safonov
Goalkeeper
26 Maksim Mukhin
Midfield 63'
63Subbed On: Roman Zobnin 63'
15 Alexey Miranchuk
Midfield 63'
63Subbed On: Denis Cheryshev 63'
4 Vyacheslav Karaveyev
Defender 43'
43Subbed On: Yuri Zhirkov 43'
20 Aleksei Ionov
Forward
Roman Evgenyev
Defender
12 Yuri Dyupin
Goalkeeper
3 Igor Diveev
Defender 46'
46Subbed On: Dmitri Barinov 46'
6 Denis Cheryshev
Midfield 30'
30Subbed On: Daler Kuzyaev 30'
63'
63Subbed Off: Alexey Miranchuk 63'

MATCH INFO

Competition: Euro 2020 Group B

Date: 8 p.m. June 12, 2021

Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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