Belgium beat Russia by three clean goals, in the opening round of the group stage of the European Nations Cup “Euro 2020”“.
The Belgium national team hat-trick was scored by Romelu Lukaku (two goals) and Thomas Meunier.
Belgium managed to open the scoring early in the tenth minute and from the first attempt, after Mertens sent a cross from the right side into the penalty area, Semenov erred in sending it away, to pave the way for Lukaku, who was alone with Shinin and hit directly into the net.
And the first appearance of Russia came in the 14th minute, after Fernandez followed a cross from a corner kick by Golovin, shooting a powerful header, which Courtois starred in..
The Russian reaction to the goal continued, after Dzyuba paved the ball on the edge of the penalty area for Ozdoev in the 16th minute, who hit a ground ball that went wide.
Belgium almost added the second goal in the 19th minute, after Lukaku launched from near the middle of the field on a counterattack, until he reached the penalty area, passing a ground ball to the uncensored Dendoncker, who hit a direct ball that went over the crossbar..
And the confusion of the Russian defense continued in dealing with the cross balls, after Dzikia made a mistake in removing the ball, to pave the way for Thorgan Hazard inside the penalty area, to hit the latter with a powerful ball that Shinin brilliance in addressing.
Alderweireld tried to surprise Sheenen with a powerful shot from outside the penalty area in the 29th minute, but his ball crossed the crossbar..
Belgium added the second goal in the 34th minute, after Hazard sent a cross, which was weakly removed by Sheenin in front of substitute Meunier, who is free of censorship inside the penalty area, so that the latter scored the ball easily in the net, so that the first half ended with the progress of Belgium with two goals without a response..
Russia entered the second half strongly, with a shot from outside the penalty area through Zubnin from outside the area in the 46th minute, which passed next to the post..
The match calmed down in the following minutes, as neither team hit the target since the beginning of the half, with Belgium wanting to save effort and Russia keen not to receive more goals.
Martinez, the Belgium coach, gave Eden Hazard the opportunity with the calm of the match, by entering the field in the 72nd minute at the expense of Mertens, who tried to show some technical glimpses in evading the Russian players..
In a rare attacking appearance for either of the two teams in the second half, Golovin sent a cross in the 84th minute into the penalty area, Boyata kept it away with a shot that just passed next to the post and almost caught Courtois by surprise..
Belgium fired a bullet of mercy against Russia by adding the third goal in the 88th minute, after Lukaku received a through pass from Meunier, after which he was singled out by Shinin, hitting a ground ball that hit the net..
In the first minute of stoppage time, Russia got a violation on the edge of the penalty area, executed by Miranchuk, and his ball went over the crossbar, ending the match with a 3-0 victory for Belgium..