Romelu Lukaku (10 and 88) and Thomas Meunier (34) scored the goals.
The “Red Devils” team topped the group’s standings with 3 points, ahead of Finland, which achieved a surprise victory over Denmark 1-0 in its first participation in a major tournament in its history.
He was absent from the ranks of Belgium, his playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne, who suffered an eye injury during the Champions League final in the ranks of Manchester City against Chelsea last month and underwent a small surgery on his face a few days ago. On the other hand, Eden Hazard sat on the bench of the reserve players (he participated in the middle of the second half) who suffered several injuries last season in the ranks of Real Madrid and only played 10 minutes in the test match against Croatia (1-0) last Sunday, and two matches alone with his club Since last February.
And Belgium, first in the world according to the classification of the International Federation of Football, has dedicated its stable level in recent years, especially as it is participating in the tournament with an ideal record in the qualifiers, which witnessed 10 victories in 10 matches, scored 40 goals and conceded only three goals.
The Belgian team reached the quarter-finals in the last edition of the 2016 continental championship, and finished third in the World Cup Russia 2018 in its best result in the football wedding.
And the Belgian team succeeded in opening the scoring when the ball reached Lukaku inside the area, so he turned on himself and hit his left ball that slid into the net (10). Lukaku went directly to the cameras around the stadium and said, “Chris, Chris, stay strong, I love you,” in salutation to his colleague in the ranks of Inter, playmaker Christian Eriksen, who fell ill during the match between Denmark and Finland, where he suddenly fell on the field before He received first aid and was taken to the hospital, where his condition is stable.
Belgium almost doubled their lead when Lukaku made a superb individual effort before passing an elegant ball towards his colleague Leander Dendoncker, but the latter knocked it over the bar (19).
Belgium had a good chance through Thorgan Hazard, who shot from close range, but Russia goalkeeper Anton Shonin saved his goal from a sure goal (21).
The Russian Dalar Kozaev was injured and was unable to complete the match, to be replaced by Denis Cheryshev, the Spanish player of Valencia, who scored 4 goals in the World Cup hosted by his country 3 years ago.
The Russian goalkeeper failed to deal with a cross ball inside the area, so he set it up towards the stalking right-back, Thomas Monnier, for the latter to follow into the net, doubling his team’s progress (34). Meunier had come down as a substitute a few minutes ago in place of Timothy Castagne.
The Russian team started the second half strongly in an attempt to reduce the difference and Roman Zubnin hit a ball from outside the area that passed over the crossbar (46).
With the entry of Cheryshev at the end of the first half, the second-best scorer in the history of the Russian national team, Artem Dzyuba, with 29 goals, found more space to move in the front line, but he did not manage to pose any danger to the giant goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Lukaku eliminated any hope for Russia to return in the match by scoring the third goal after receiving a deep ball from Meunier, so he walked alongside a Russian defender before launching it crawling into the net two minutes before the end of the match.
The goal is Lukaku’s 22nd in 19 international matches since the 2018 World Cup, raising his international tally to 62 goals (a local record) in 94 matches since his debut with Belgium in 2010.
Lukaku starred in the ranks of Inter Italy last season and contributed greatly to crowning the Italian league champion for the first time since 2010, scoring 24 goals to occupy the second place in the scorers list behind Cristiano Ronaldo (29 goals).