Belgium beat Russia in comfortable start to Euro 2020
June 13 2021 12:11 AM
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Belgium's midfielder Youri Tielemans (L) and Belgium's midfielder Leander Dendoncker celebrates at t
Belgium's midfielder Youri Tielemans (L) and Belgium's midfielder Leander Dendoncker celebrates at the end of the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B football match between Belgium and Russia at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg

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Belgium eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Russia on Saturday with two goals from Romelu Lukaku and one from Thomas Meunier to confirm their status among the European Championship favourites.

The Belgians, top of the FIFA rankings, went ahead after only 10 minutes through Lukaku and doubled the score before the break through Meunier.

Lukaku scored his second of the night two minutes from the end -- extending his record tally for his country to 62 goals.

Belgium’s obvious superiority was evident throughout the Group B encounter in St Petersburg, and victory for Roberto Martinez’s team came without Kevin De Bruyne, out with injury, and only a cameo substitute appearance from captain Eden Hazard, another of the team’s talismans.

Belgium go to the top of the group standings, ahead on goal difference from Finland, who upset Denmark 1-0 in Copenhagen earlier on Saturday.



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