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Euro 2020: Belgium 3-0 Russia Post-Match Analysis

Bertrand Traore

Belgium defeated Russia by a margin of 3-0 in Group B in Euro 2020. As a result, they top their group currently as all-time top scorer for his nation, Romelu Lukaku as well as Thomas Meunier were on target.

With this win, the Red Devils are unbeaten for nine consecutive matches so far. It was a dominant performance by them after a disappointing performance by the 2018 World Cup hosts Russia. Finland move to second place after a 1-0 win against Denmark, a match that was overshadowed by an unfortunate event about Christian Eriksen, who collapsed during the match.

Belgium 3-0 Russia : Team News

Roberto Martinez opted for a 3-4-3 formation spearheaded by Lukaku. However, Kevin de Bruyne didn’t feature for them.

The Russians started with a 4-2-3-1 formation lead by Artem Dzyuba. Anton Shunin was the goalkeeper for the big match.

Belgium 3-0 Russia : Analysis

Although the weak point of the Belgians were there vulnerable back three, the defense wasn’t tested much. Just a single shot on target for the visitors and thus, Martinez’s side were successful in sharpening their attack.

Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock after a disorganized defence failed to mark him and the record goalscorer celebrated his goal as a tribute to his Inter Milan teammate, Eriksen. The opponents were surely lacking the confidence and were clearly missing the cutting edge.

Thomas Meunier, the super sub, made it 2-0 after another poor defensive error by the Russians in the 34th minute. The visitors were surely gifting chances and Belgians made no mistake.

Finally, in the 88th minute, Lukaku scored his second goal and finish the match in style. He’s now the top scorer for the Belgium national team with 62 goals so far.

Notable Performances :

Romelu Lukaku (8/10) – Lukaku is in the best form of his career and would be looking forward in winning the Euro 2020 after winning Serie A with Inter Milan. A true clinical performance from him in front of goal.

Leander Dendoncker (7/10) – He was threatening the Russian defense with some brilliant shots towards goal.

Artem Dzyuba (5/10) – Much was expected from the Russian skipper but he was lacking some clinical finishing ability. An overall poor performance from him.

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