Euro Qualifying • Group I
  • 2nd Half
  • Belgium
  • Russia
  • Golovin
    90'
  • Mertens
    90'
  • Hazard
    88'
  • HazardChadli
    84'
  • DzyubaSmolov
    77'
  • CheryshevChalov
    64'
  • 1st Half
  • Belgium
  • Russia
  • Hazard (P)
    45'
  • KuzyaevMiranchuk
    26'
  • Golovin
    19'
  • Cheryshev
    16'
  • Tielemans
    14'
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Belgium - Russia
Euro Qualifying - 21 March 2019

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90+3' 

FT: Belgium 3-1 Russia. The Red Devils start the campaign with a win thanks mainly to E. Hazard. Russia played well but just lacked quality in the final third - something the Chelsea man had in abundance.

  • Aleksandr Golovin
    Red cardAleksandr GolovinRussiaRED CARD! Golovin is off after kicking back at Mertens. That could cost Russia going forward and the referee did well to spot it. Not sure if it was a straight red or a second booking though.
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90'

RED CARD! Golovin is off after kicking back at Mertens. That could cost Russia going forward and the referee did well to spot it. Not sure if it was a straight red or a second booking though.

  • Dries Mertens
    Yellow cardDries MertensBelgiumMertens is booked for a petulant kick on Golovin.
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90'

Mertens is booked for a petulant kick on Golovin.

  • Eden Hazard
    GoalEden HazardBelgiumGOAL! Belgium 3-1 Russia. Castagne crosses for Batshuayi, who gets the ball stuck under his feet but eventually works it Hazard, who tucks home for his second goal of the game. That's the three points secured for Belgium.
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88'

GOAL! Belgium 3-1 Russia. Castagne crosses for Batshuayi, who gets the ball stuck under his feet but eventually works it Hazard, who tucks home for his second goal of the game. That's the three points secured for Belgium.

87' 

Chadli nutmegs Nababkin to burst into the box but then fouls Fernandes.

84' 

Russia sned a cross into the box but it's cleared. They could have done more of that when Dzyuba was still on the pitch.

  • Nacer Chadli
    OffThorgan HazardBelgiumT. Hazard is replaced by Chadli in Belgium's first change.
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  • Nacer Chadli
    OnNacer ChadliBelgium
83'

T. Hazard is replaced by Chadli in Belgium's first change.

79' 

The Hazard brothers link-up down the left and the younger of the two crosses for Batshuayi, who crashes a shot off the post.

  • Fedor Smolov
    OffArtem DzyubaRussiaSmolov is on for Dzubya, who hasn't seen much of the ball.
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  • Fedor Smolov
    OnFedor SmolovRussia
77'

Smolov is on for Dzubya, who hasn't seen much of the ball.

76' 

Mertens and then, inadvertently, Batshuayi look to have put Castagne through on goal but the flag is up.

74' 

Tielemens, the first man, heads the corner away and Courtois then claims the follow-up cross.

74' 

Golovin and Fernandes combine to win a corner.

71' 

Belgium's corners have been very ineffective tonight and Russia clear another.

68' 

Chalov wastes a good position by sending a cross straight out of play.

 
  • Fedor Chalov
    OffDenis CheryshevRussiaChalov comes on for his debut, replacing Russia's scorer Cheryshev.
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  • Fedor Chalov
    OnFedor ChalovRussia
64'

Chalov comes on for his debut, replacing Russia's scorer Cheryshev.

63' 

More Belgian pressure but they can't test the goalie.

61' 

Guilherme does well to prevent a corner after a loose header from fellow Brazil-born man Fernandes.

60' 

The game feels more stretched in the last few minutes, with neither side able to keep the ball for long but both moving it quickly.

57' 

After much delay, Golovin misses the target by some distance.

55' 

Akhmetov wins the ball, drives forward and tees up Miranchuk, who takes a poor touch but wins a lucky free-kick as Alderweireld is penalised for handball.

54' 

A spectacular, airborne flick from E. Hazard releases Castagne, who crosses a yard too far in front of Batshuayi.

52' 

Akhmetov with a few nice touches down the left, but he can't quite create a chance for a colleague. He's had an above-average if unspectacular debt so far.

49' 

Akhmetov has a go from distance but it's straight at Courtois, who makes a routine save.

47' 

Courtois isn't the only one having a bad night.

46' 

The second half begins. No changes at the break.

45+1' 

HT: Belgium 2-1 Russia. The hosts have been the better team and Courtois will be very relieved that they lead at the break.

45+1'

There's one added minute.

  • Eden Hazard
    Goal by penaltyEden HazardBelgiumGOAL! Belgium 2-1 Russia. It's a short run-up from E. Hazard and he sends the goalkeeper the wrong way to restore Belgium's lead.
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45'

GOAL! Belgium 2-1 Russia. It's a short run-up from E. Hazard and he sends the goalkeeper the wrong way to restore Belgium's lead.

44' 

PENALTY! E. Hazard turns Zhirkov in the box and the defender hangs out a leg, which trips up the Chelsea man. A clear penalty.

41' 

And Dzhikiya follows that up with a brilliant, sliding tackle on Basthuayi.

40' 

E. Hazard drops deep, finds some space and goes for goal. Dzhikiya unknowingly blocks the effort.

38' 

The corner is headed clear and Belgium break with frightening pace. Tielemans carries the ball a long way, T. Hazard cuts it back into the box and it eventually comes to Batshuayi, who sees his effort cleared off the line. Brilliant football from the home team.

37' 

Russia have their first free-kick in an attacking position - a wide one - thanks to persistent work from Golovkin. He whips the set-piece in himself and it's headed behind for a corner.

34' 

Vertonghen makes a timely tackle to take the ball away from Cheryshev, who was threatening to go through on goal.

30' 

Russia launch a promising break before Golovin's touch lets him down.

29' 

Mertens runs at the Russian defence and gets the fans on their feet but can't quite get on the end of Basthuayi's flick.

  • Anton Miranchuk
    OffDaler KuzyaevRussiaKuzyaev has picked up an injury and can't continue, so Miranchuk takes his place in midfield.
  • Anton Miranchuk
    OnAnton MiranchukRussia
26'

Kuzyaev has picked up an injury and can't continue, so Miranchuk takes his place in midfield.

 
23' 

A T. Hazard shot is deflected narrowly wide.

22' 

That's not the first mistake Courtois has made this season and it came at a horrible time for Belgium, sucking away all the momentum of their goal.

20' 

Mertens sends the free-kick straight into the goalkeeper's arms.

  • Aleksandr Golovin
    Yellow cardAleksandr GolovinRussiaGolovin booked for a heavy challenge. He got the ball, but also plenty of man.
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Golovin booked for a heavy challenge. He got the ball, but also plenty of man.

  • Denis Cheryshev
    GoalDenis CheryshevRussiaGOAL! Belgium 1-1 Russia. It's a howler from Courtois! He dithers on the ball, stumbles, is dispossessed by Dzubya and the ball falls to Cheryshev, who puts it into the unguarded net.
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GOAL! Belgium 1-1 Russia. It's a howler from Courtois! He dithers on the ball, stumbles, is dispossessed by Dzubya and the ball falls to Cheryshev, who puts it into the unguarded net.

  • Youri Tielemans
    GoalYouri TielemansBelgiumGOAL! Belgium 1-0 Russia. Tielemans has his first international goal! The Red Devils break quickly and move the ball from one side of the pitch to another, which opens space for Tielemans in the middle. Five yards outside the box, he has time to take a touch and then fire a low shot past the goalkeeper.
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GOAL! Belgium 1-0 Russia. Tielemans has his first international goal! The Red Devils break quickly and move the ball from one side of the pitch to another, which opens space for Tielemans in the middle. Five yards outside the box, he has time to take a touch and then fire a low shot past the goalkeeper.

13' 

T. Hazard does well to stick tight to Fernandes and deflect his cross, meaning it can easily be cleared.

 
9' 

Mertens' corner picks out Vertonghen at the back post, although his header is blocked.

7' 

It's been a positive start from Russia, who are pressing Belgium quite well. Still early days though.

4' 

Guilherme gets a goal-kick all wrong and almost gives Belgium a corner - but luckily for him it didn't leave the box and he gets to take it again.

3' 

Hazard plays in Batshuayi, who takes a heavy touch that allows the Russia goalkeeper to close him down and smother his shot.

2' 

Cheryshev pounces on a loose Belgian pass and drives forward, eventually crossing for Dzyuba. The striker gets on the end of it but can't keep his effort on target.

1' 

Belgium get the game underway. The stadium isn't very full, it must be said.

19:45 

Belgium are in yellow and black, Russia all in red, and we have a Romanian referee.

19:42 

The players are on the pitch and it's time for the anthems.

19:40 

The two countries played out a classic in the group stage of the 2002 World Cup, with Belgium edging it 3-2 to leapfrog Russia and make it out of the group. Let's hope for something as entertaining tonight, with kick-off just five minutes away.

19:35

The two last met in 2017 in a friendly. Christian Benteke, also a substitute this evening, scored twice but it ended 3-3 thanks to a 92nd-minute goal from Alexander Bukharov.

19:30

A from the aforementioned Origi was enough to give Belgium at 1-0 win over Russia at the 2014 World Cup.

19:28 
19:25 

The Hazard brothers start together for the fifth time tonight, with Eden wearing the captain's armband. That Belgium can name the team they did with some pretty big names out - including Lukaku, Mousa Dembele and Kevin De Bruyne - is testament to their strength in depth and the bench is not bad either. Yannick Carrasco, Nacer Chadli and Divock Origi are all availabel should the home team need to change things up.

19:15

Russia, since competing under that name, is winless in five past games against Belgium, losing three and drawing twice.

19:10 

RUSSIA: Guilherme, Fernandes, Nababkin, Dzhikiya, Kudryashov, Zhirkov, Akhmetov, Golovin, Kuzyaev, Cheryshev, Dzyuba.

The headline news there is that 21-year-old Ilzat Akhmetov makes his debut. The midfielder has impressed for CSKA Moscow this season and started three of their Champions League games, including the win over Real Madrid. He comes into a team that features several names who shone at last summer's World Cup.

19:05 

BELGIUM: Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Boyata, Castagne, Tielemans, Dendoncker, T. Hazard, Mertens, E. Hazard, Batshuayi.

Atalanta's Timothy Castagne gets the nod a right-wing-back, with Leander Dendoncker and Youri Tielemans - former Anderlecht team-mates - making a youthful pairing in central midfield. Michy Batshuayi is as close to a like-for-like replacement for Romelu Lukaku as was possible.

19:00 

Good evening and welcome to Eurosport’s LIVE coverage of Belgium’s clash with Russia in Group I. These are the top two seeds in the group, so it’s a cracking game to start their qualification campaigns. Team news is on the way.