European Championship Qualifying - Group I
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Russia 1-4 Belgium: Eden Hazard double as Red Devils continue flawless form

Thorgan Hazard, Eden Hazard
Thorgan Hazard (left), who plays for Borussia Dortmund, celebrated with his brother, Real Madrid star Eden

Eden Hazard scored twice as Belgium continued their perfect record in Euro 2020 qualifying with a thumping win over Russia.

The Red Devils, who had already qualified, were three goals up by half-time through Eden Hazard's double and a strike by his brother Thorgan.

Romelu Lukaku then added a fourth before Georgi Dzhikiya netted a late consolation for the hosts.

Belgium will play their final Group I qualifier at home to Cyprus on Tuesday.

Russia, who had also already booked their place at the finals, were blown away in the first half following a scintillating attacking display from Roberto Martinez's side.

The away side took the lead midway through the first half when Thorgan Hazard picked up his brother's pass, cut inside and fired into the top corner.

Dedryck Boyata
Belgium defender Dedryck Boyata (number 4) came out for the second half accidentally wearing Michy Batshuayi's number 23 jersey, before changing into his correct shirt 13 minutes later. Batshuayi came on later on (wearing his correct kit)

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard then fired home Lukaku's knock-down to double their lead before slotting home to make it 3-0 on 40 minutes.

Russia did improve after the break, but their shaky backline was unable to stop Lukaku scoring his 52nd international goal when he drove infield and fired past Guilherme Marinato with 18 minutes left.

However, there was something to celebrate for the home crowd when Dzhikiya poked in a rebound late on.

Russia will close their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign in San Marino on Tuesday (19:45 GMT).

Line-ups

Russia

  • 1Alvim Marinato
  • 2Figueira Fernandes
  • 5Semenov
  • 14Dzhikiya
  • 23PetrovBooked at 3mins
  • 7Ozdoev
  • 11ZobninSubstituted forKuzyaevat 62'minutes
  • 20Ionov
  • 15Al Miranchuk
  • 18ZhirkovSubstituted forBakaevat 50'minutes
  • 22DzyubaSubstituted forKomlichenkoat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Chistyakov
  • 4Karavaev
  • 6Belyaev
  • 8Akhmetov
  • 9Kuzyaev
  • 10Bakaev
  • 12Shunin
  • 13Kudryashov
  • 16Dzhanaev
  • 17Fomin
  • 19Komlichenko
  • 21Erokhin

Belgium

  • 1Courtois
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 4Boyata
  • 3VermaelenSubstituted forDenayerat 67'minutes
  • 21Castagne
  • 7De Bruyne
  • 6Witsel
  • 16T Hazard
  • 14MertensSubstituted forTielemansat 52'minutes
  • 10E Hazard
  • 9LukakuSubstituted forBatshuayiat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Denayer
  • 8Tielemans
  • 11Carrasco
  • 12Mignolet
  • 13Sels
  • 15Cobbaut
  • 17Origi
  • 18Vanaken
  • 19Praet
  • 20Benteke
  • 22Dendoncker
  • 23Batshuayi
Referee:
Artur Manuel Soares Dias
Attendance:
53,317

Match Stats

Home TeamRussiaAway TeamBelgium
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Russia 1, Belgium 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Russia 1, Belgium 4.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Daler Kuzyaev (Russia).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikolay Komlichenko (Russia) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daler Kuzyaev.

  6. Post update

    Sergey Petrov (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michy Batshuayi (Belgium).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nikolay Komlichenko (Russia).

  9. Post update

    Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Russia. Conceded by Thorgan Hazard.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Georgi Dzhikiya (Russia) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Aleksey Miranchuk with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Russia. Conceded by Jason Denayer.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Russia. Nikolay Komlichenko replaces Artem Dzyuba.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Russia 1, Belgium 4. Georgi Dzhikiya (Russia) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daler Kuzyaev (Russia) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrey Semenov.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Russia. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Zelimkhan Bakaev (Russia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksey Miranchuk.

  19. Post update

    Andrey Semenov (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Michy Batshuayi (Belgium).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England76013362718
2Czech Rep75021310315
3Kosovo73221312111
4Montenegro8035322-193
5Bulgaria7034517-123

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine76101521319
2Portugal74212061414
3Serbia74121515013
4Luxembourg7115714-74
5Lithuania8017525-201

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany76012461818
2Netherlands75111971216
3Northern Ireland741287113
4Belarus8116416-124
5Estonia7016221-191

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark74302251715
2Switzerland7421135814
3R. of Ireland733164212
4Georgia8224711-48
5Gibraltar7007225-230

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia85211771017
2Hungary740389-112
3Wales732286211
4Slovakia73131111010
5Azerbaijan7016516-111

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain97202652123
2Sweden95312091118
3Romania94231710714
4Norway93511710714
5Faroe Islands9108427-233
6Malta9108225-233

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland97111531222
2Austria96121981119
3Slovenia9423148614
4North Macedonia93241113-211
5Israel93241617-111
6Latvia9009228-260

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France97112361722
2Turkey96211631320
3Iceland95131210216
4Albania94141612413
5Andorra9117318-154
6Moldova9108324-213

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium99003423227
2Russia97022882021
3Scotland94051318-512
4Cyprus93151414010
5Kazakhstan93151214-210
6San Marino9009146-450

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy99002832527
2Finland9603158718
3Greece93241013-311
4Armenia93151316-310
5Bos-Herze93151717010
6Liechtenstein9027228-262
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