Belgium has begun the Euro 2020 with a predictable 3-0 win over Russia. Romelu Lukaku struck inside ten minutes to settle any Belgium nerves as the Red Devils eased to victory in St Petersburg.
First-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and substitute Thomas Meunier set up an open to premiere night for Belgium as Roberto Martínez’s men demonstrated excessively solid for a Russia side hampered by injuries.
Belgium was tipped among the pre-competition top picks by numerous soccer pundits, and until further notice, they are demonstrating the savants right, as an ordinarily merciless strike from Lukaku jumped on indecision brought about by Dries Mertens’ looking through cross.
Calm in possession and clinical in and around the penalty area, Belgium kept probing and on 34 minutes they had a two-goal cushion, substitute Thomas Meunier firing in when Anton Shunin could only parry Thorgan Hazard’s glorious cross.
Russia’s challenges were deteriorated by the deficiency of Daler Kuzyaev and Yuri Zhirkov to injuries before the first half break, yet they revitalized toward the beginning of the subsequent half, discovering space between the lines.
Red Devils were as yet not unduly grieved, holding them at a careful distance before Lukaku wrapped up a 3-0 win late on.
Belgium have truly established the vibe for a good competition. Russia presently play their next two games – against Finland, and Denmark to see if they can advance.
Stanislav Cherchesov, Russia coach has conceded a few missteps from his team that caused the loss. Russia has played the Belgians multiple times yet had not beaten them in any of the clashes.
Meanwhile, Meunier became the first player to score a first-half goal as a substitute at the EUROs. Lukaku has scored 62 goals in 94 caps for Belgium, and 20 in his last 15 cutthroat internationals.
The Inter striker is Belgium’s unequaled driving scorer in EUROs with four goals, ahead of Jan Ceulemans and Radja Nainggolan on two. The edge of triumph equalled Belgium’s greatest EURO group stage win – they beat the Republic of Ireland by the equivalent scoreline in 2016.