Belgium 3-0 Russia: It starts well for Lukaku!
As usual, the Belgian national football team rose to the challenge when it came to an important issue. For its first match of the Euro 2020 - final phase - the Red Devils showed great team cohesion resulting in a clear score: 3-0.
We could have wondered whether it was a great team of Red Devils or d 'a somewhat weak Russian team, but it would be forgotten this quality that the Belgian players have to be able to place the cursor a little further when the stake is worth it. If, against Greece, we could have feared the worst and that the match against Croatia had hardly reassured us, it is now clear that the men of Roberto Martinez have indeed entered the competition.
A good start from the Sbornaya
As in previous games, the opening minutes were to the advantage of the Red Devils' opponents, as if it took time to gauge the team and organize themselves accordingly. But this time it won't have lasted a quarter of an hour like during the warm-up matches. However, this made it possible to see a Russian team as a real opponent, even if the rest of the match will rather feel like a one-sided encounter (obviously to the advantage of the Belgians).
10 minutes and a goal from Romelu Lukaku
Very quickly, we notice that the Russians will not be able to keep up. Too many mistakes follow one another. It is besides on a bad control of Andrey Semonov that Romelu Lukaku - who is never asked to take advantage of this kind of opportunity - shoots the opposing goalkeeper with a shot from the left. He will also look for a camera to deliver a message to the unfortunate Christian Eriksen - who suffered a heart attack during the Finland-Denmark match - spectators can read the lips of his Inter Milan team-mate: " Christian, I love you ”.
End of the journey for Timothy Castagne
If we note, at the 14th th minute, a header from Mario Fernandes that Thibault Courtois will stop with the mastery that we know him, it's the shock between Timothy Castagne and Daler Kuzayev who will receive all the attention in this half of the first half. The two men are indeed telescoped in such a violent way that, if one like the other will be able to leave the field on his legs, the verdict is heavy for Timothy Castagne who, with his broken cheekbone, will not be able to continue the tournament. . It will be directly replaced by a Thomas Meunier which does not did not imagine integrating the meeting at this time.
Good pick in the choice of Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez will no doubt welcome the choice of the replacement of the unfortunate Castagne since, less than ten minutes after the rise of Thomas Meunier, the defender - never as happy as when he can go and play near the opponent's goal - will be to the finish of a ball repelled somehow by the Russian goalkeeper after a shot from Thorgan Hazard We will also take advantage of this end of the first half to notice the technical capabilities of a Yannick Carrasco who would certainly have deserved to score a goal during this meeting.
A second half marked by the rise of Eden Hazard
Another subject of satisfaction is to have seen Eden Hazard rise and play about twenty minutes, proving on occasion that he had not lost any of his technicality. Finally, it is at the very end of the match that an assist from Thomas Meunier, again, will allow Romelu Lukaku to once again shake the Russian nets, but, this time, with a strike with the right foot.
After this first match, Belgium is therefore at the top of its group, tied with the Finns who won their match against the Danes in this match suspended for a long time following Christian Eriksen's heart attack.
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