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Belgium 3-0 Russia: Three Things We Learned

Jamie Jones in Editorial, European Championships 13 Jun 2021

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Belgium kicked off their Euro 2020 campaign in style, getting the better of Russia 3-0 in their opening Group B game.

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was the start of the show for Belgium.

The former Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United striker scored two goals for Belgium.

Roberto Martinez’s side took the lead in the 10th minute when he pounced on a mistake from Andrey Semenov.

Thomas Meunier doubled the lead in the 34th minute, and Lukaku wrapped up the scoring on 88 minutes with his side’s third goal.

This is what we learned from the game:

Romelu Lukaku can win the Golden Boot

Lukaku is one of the best strikers in the world. The Belgian has been superb for Inter over the past two seasons. The former Manchester United striker scored 24 goals and gave 11 assists in Serie A and scored four goals in the Champions League this past season. In 2019-20, the striker scored 23 goals and gave two assists in the league, scored seven goals and gave two assists in the Europa League, and scored two goals and provided two assists in the Champions League. Lukaku can certainly win the Golden Boot  at Euro 2020.  Betfair has him at 23/10 favourites to win it.

Belgium need to be tested

Belgium are brilliant going on the attack. They showed that against Russia. What we did not get to see if the Belgians put under pressure at the other side. Russia were quite poor, and only one of their five shots was on target.

Russia could end up bottom

Belgium were very, very comfortable agains Russia. Martinez’s side had 66% of the possession. The Russians really could not put the Belgian under any pressure. Denmark and Finland are the other two  teams in the group. There is a very good chance that Russia will finish at the bottom of Group B.


Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.



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