Belgium, with an unstoppable Lukaku, author of two goals, overcame this Saturday without ruffling a harmless Russia (3-0), showing that he has plenty of weapons to win the Eurocup.
The team of Roberto Martinez it was a seamless machine. With an almost military discipline and with little frills, the ‘red devils’ struck the table.
With a goal in each part, Lukaku showed why it is the terror of any defense. Of course, in the second half the Belgians were limited to sleeping the game with their mind set on rivals of greater substance.
The match was on the verge of being postponed due to the fading of Christian Eriksen in the match played shortly before in Copenhagen Come in Finland Y Denmark, but the UEFA decided to go ahead with the competition after confirming the improvement in the Danish player’s condition.
As expected, the madridista Eden Hazard he started the game on the bench. That added to the already known casualties of Kevin de Bruyne Y Axel Witsel, who did not even travel to Russia.
The locals bet on a team with a lot of muscle and with a single artist in the center of the field, Golovín.
Lukaku got all the attention in the first part. After a few minutes of scoring and in front of a noisy home crowd, the burly forward took advantage of the first chance he had to score.
The Russians asked offside, but the soccer player of the Inter de Milan took advantage of the blunder of Seeds in clearance to shoot first and score with his left foot, despite the fact that the shot was not clean (min.10).
LukakuIn a nice gesture, he dedicated it to his Inter Milan teammate, admitted to a hospital.
The Belgians were still able to score on two other occasions, but on one Dendoncker shot high, after a pass from Lukaku, and on another Shunin blocked a shot from Thorgan Hazard.
Courtois was a mere spectator. Belgium I wanted to sentence in the first part. So it was. A center without apparent danger was cleared by an insecure Shunin and the rejection was taken advantage of by the newcomer Meunier (min.34).
The collapse of Eriksen I was flying over the game of St. Petersburg, since, after a clash between Castagne and Kuzyáev at half an hour, both were immediately substituted.
A shot above the crossbar of Carrasco after a good individual move he preceded the break.
The Russians came out strong in the resumption. Courteous he had to go out with his fists on one occasion and on another he parried a hard shot from outside the area. With a mixture of pride and drive, the Slavs even cornered the Belgians.
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Meanwhile, the Belgians reserved forces. Aware that the tournament is long and that the goal is victory, Roberto Martínez’s pupils opted for long possessions. Only the athletic Carrasco he seemed bent on fighting alone against the Russian wall.
Then, the moment that everyone was waiting for arrived. Eden Hazard jumped into the field. He had about twenty minutes to leave any glimpses of his great class. I try a couple of times, but with no luck.
Instead, Lukaku yes it was plugged in. He took advantage of a long pass from Meunier shortly before the final whistle to beat the Russian goalkeeper. The silence of the stadium was his best tribute.