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Belgium - Costa Rica
International friendlies - 11 June 2018
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FULL-TIME. Well, that was comprehensive from Belgium, coming from behind against Costa Rica to put together a sound 4-1 win, with Romelu Lukaku looking excellent. That's 19 games on the bounce for the Red Devils, who'll be looking forward to the World Cup now. Thanks for your company this evening.
Two minutes to be added on as Belgium run the clock down.
The clock ticks down and although the football is less than scintillating now, the vuvezelas are still parping away.
As Belgium string a few more passes together, it gets played back to Thibaut Courtois, who's been a bystander for this second half.
So it looks like Belgium are heading into this World Cup on a 19-match unbeaten streak.
Belgium are passing the ball around beautifully from the back now, stroking the passes together.
Carrasco weaves into the box down the left, and it falls to Thorgan Hazard, who creates space for himself but then shoots high over the bar.
Belgium are really very comfortable now. Costa Rica are letting their discipline slip.
- OffKevin De BruyneBelgium
- OnYouri TielemansBelgium
De Bruyne is off as well.
- OffEden HazardBelgium
- OnMousa DembéléBelgium
Dembele is his replacement.
Eden Hazard is limping after a firm challenge, and he's about to get substituted.
- OffBryan RuizCosta Rica
- OnJoel CampbellCosta Rica
And a man who's still ostensibly an Arsenal player.
- OffCristian GamboaCosta Rica
- OnIan SmithCosta Rica
The youngest player in the Costa Rica squad.
- OffDedryck BoyataBelgium
- OnLeander DendonckerBelgium
- OffRomelu LukakuBelgium
- OnThorgan HazardBelgium
- GoalMichy BatshuayiBelgium
GOAL! Ah, that's so unselfish from Romelu Lukaku, who could have had a dig for his hat-trick after Hazard plays him through, but squared it to Batshuayi instead - that's actually an excellent ball, carefully placed.
- OffChristian BolañosCosta Rica
- OnDavid GuzmánCosta Rica
Bolanos has been quiet tonight. Guzman replaces him.
Alderweireld picks up the ball in the middle of the park and sprays it wide to the left. Some playmaking there.
Lukaku is working so hard this evening. Here he's on the run down the left and cutting into the box.
Belgium are just crushing this in terms of possession. Costa Rica can't get a sniff of the ball.
CLOSE! Carrasco is OK and sets up Kevin De Bruyne, who hits it sweetly but his shot is fizzing wide of the post.
Carrasco has taken a blow to the back of the head and is having some treatment so we have a break in play.
- OffDries MertensBelgium
- OnMichy BatshuayiBelgium
And after that, Dries Mertens bids farewell to the match, replaced by Michy Batshuayi.
- GoalRomelu LukakuBelgium
GOAL! That's an absolutely magnificent header from Romelu Lukaku. He leaps at the near post and sends the ball right into the top corner.
And we're under way in the second half.
- OffThomas MeunierBelgium
- OnNacer ChadliBelgium
Meunier is off, replaced by Chadli, for Belgium.
Calvo and Venegas enter the fray for Costa Rica, with Oviedo and Urena replaced.
- End of 1st Half
HALF-TIME. That's the end of the first half, and Belgium did really well to come back from that Bryan Ruiz stunner and assert the superiority they were indicating through sheer possession. Can Costa Rica shock them again? Join me in 15 minutes to find out.
Two minutes to be added on here.
- GoalRomelu LukakuBelgium
GOAL! An onside Lukaku converts a fantastic ball in from Mertens on the right. It's a fine finish too, hitting it exquisitely with his right foot.
Lukaku is offside again. Why? No need.
Jan Vertonghen scores from close range, but he's miles offside, and Boyata will be wondering why he didn't take advantage of the free header he could have had milliseconds before.
Oh, he took the ball to the face in that last save he made. Ouch.
Navas is now prone on the pitch and bleeding from the face. Not sure whether that's a nosebleed or if he's taken a bang to the face.
Romelu Lukaku continues to threaten, and Navas is stringing together all the saves.
- GoalDries MertensBelgium
GOAL! Mertens can't miss that one, though - Hazard's effort from the edge of the box was skewing wide, and his team-mate is alert and pounces at the far post.
Another good save from Navas, this time from Mertens.
That was not a good free kick.
Free kick to Belgium and De Bruyne prepares to swing it in after a foul from Gonzalez.
Vertonghen was struggling with a high ball in, and Courtois can't get near the strike past his despairing left hand.
- GoalBryan RuizCosta Rica
GOAL! Great strike from Bryan Ruiz, belting the ball from the edge of the area.
Lukaku continues to lurk and give Navas plenty of work to do.
Great instinctive save from Navas as Lukaku stretches for a ball in to the far post - the flag is up anyway, but neither of them knew that at the time.
Lukaku is trying to charge his way through the Costa Rica defence and struggling with that as a tactic.
Pretty late flag there against Lukaku after a through-ball from De Bruyne.
Another Belgium corner, taken by De Bruyne and headed over by Boyata.
Long ball forward for Lukaku to chase.
Lukaku turns in the box and finds himself the subject of gravity and some firm Costa Rica defending. That's not a foul.
Mertens takes a Belgium corner, but it's cleared.
And the first chance for Belgium, as Meunier heads down the right and Hazard has his shot blocked.
Costa Rica doing all the pressing in these opening minutes.
Time for a singalong as we listen to the national anthems.
The players are filing out on to the pitch, accompanied by the mascot kids.
"I think it's a very different game to the ones we've faced already," says Roberto Martinez, the Belgium coach. "We're going to get the spirit that Panama will have. Costa Rica competed against Panama in the CONCACAF...they are very similar in their bravery."
TEAMS: Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, Carrasco, E. Hazard (c), Mertens, R. Lukaku. Subs: Mignolet, Casteels, Ciman, Dendoncker, Fellaini, Tielemans, Dembele Chadli, Januzaj, T. Hazard, Batshuayi. /// Costa Rica: Navas, Acosta, Gonzalez, Borges, Duarte, Bolanos, Oviedo, Ruiz (c), Gamboa, Tejeda, Urena. Subs: Pemberton, Moreira, Smith, Colindres, Venegas, Campbell, Wallace, Azofeifa, Calvo, Waston, Guzman, Matarrita.
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