International Friendlies
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Russia 3-3 Belgium

Benteke
Benteke took his tally of international goals to 12 for Belgium

A Christian Benteke double was not enough for Belgium as Russia staged a late comeback to draw their international friendly in Sochi.

Russia, World Cup hosts in 2018, led when Viktor Vasin side-footed home.

Everton's Kevin Mirallas levelled for the visitors, who took a 3-1 lead into the break with two headers from Crystal Palace striker Benteke.

Aleksey Miranchuk pulled one back with 15 minutes to go before Aleksandr Bukharov's 92nd-minute leveller.

Russia, who qualified for the World Cup automatically as hosts, have now won just one of their last five games, having suffered defeats by Costa Rica, Qatar and Ivory Coast in the last six months.

Belgium are top of their World Cup qualifying group at the halfway stage, but have now drawn three of their last four international matches.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku, the Premier League's top scorer, played the final 13 minutes for Belgium.

There were starts for Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet, Tottenham defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen and midfielder Mousa Dembele.

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Line-ups

Russia

  • 1Akinfeev
  • 19Samedov
  • 25Neustädter
  • 5Vasin
  • 13Kudryashov
  • 23Kombarov
  • 21ErokhinSubstituted forGlushakovat 76'minutes
  • 11Zobnin
  • 10DzagoevSubstituted forOzdoevat 17'minutesSubstituted forMiranchukat 72'minutes
  • 7PolozSubstituted forGolovinat 62'minutes
  • 20KanunnikovSubstituted forBukharovat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Shishkin
  • 4Semenov
  • 6Jikia
  • 8Glushakov
  • 14Kutepov
  • 15Miranchuk
  • 16Alvim Marinato
  • 17Golovin
  • 18Zhirkov
  • 24Bukharov
  • 27Ozdoev
  • 31Belenov

Belgium

  • 12Mignolet
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 3VermaelenSubstituted forBoyataat 90'minutes
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 15Foket
  • 18TielemansSubstituted forWitselat 66'minutes
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forHazardat 85'minutes
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forCarrascoat 77'minutes
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 20C BentekeSubstituted forR Lukakuat 77'minutes
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forMertensat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Casteels
  • 6Witsel
  • 7Hazard
  • 9R Lukaku
  • 10Carrasco
  • 13Sels
  • 14Mertens
  • 16Dendoncker
  • 17Origi
  • 21Batshuayi
  • 23Boyata
Referee:
Szymon Marciniak

Match Stats

Home TeamRussiaAway TeamBelgium
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Russia 3, Belgium 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Russia 3, Belgium 3.

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Belgium).

Viktor Vasin (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Russia 3, Belgium 3. Aleksandr Bukharov (Russia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aleksandr Samedov with a cross.

Attempt missed. Aleksandr Bukharov (Russia) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Dedryck Boyata replaces Thomas Vermaelen.

Foul by Thorgan Hazard (Belgium).

Igor Akinfeev (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Aleksandr Bukharov (Russia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Roman Zobnin.

Attempt blocked. Denis Glushakov (Russia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandr Bukharov.

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Thorgan Hazard (Belgium).

Aleksey Miranchuk (Russia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Thorgan Hazard replaces Mousa Dembélé.

Attempt missed. Yannick Carrasco (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

Attempt saved. Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Offside, Belgium. Yannick Carrasco tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

Yannick Carrasco (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Roman Zobnin (Russia).

Offside, Russia. Denis Glushakov tries a through ball, but Aleksandr Bukharov is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Yannick Carrasco replaces Nacer Chadli.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Romelu Lukaku replaces Christian Benteke.

Thomas Foket (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Denis Glushakov (Russia).

Substitution

Substitution, Russia. Denis Glushakov replaces Aleksandr Erokhin.

Goal!

Goal! Russia 2, Belgium 3. Aleksey Miranchuk (Russia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aleksandr Bukharov following a fast break.

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandr Erokhin (Russia).

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Dmitri Kombarov.

Substitution

Substitution, Russia. Aleksey Miranchuk replaces Magomed Ozdoev.

Nacer Chadli (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandr Samedov (Russia).

Offside, Russia. Aleksandr Erokhin tries a through ball, but Aleksandr Bukharov is caught offside.

Foul by Thomas Foket (Belgium).

Dmitri Kombarov (Russia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Dries Mertens replaces Kevin Mirallas.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Axel Witsel replaces Youri Tielemans.

Corner, Russia. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

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