International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Belgium
  • Costa Rica
  • BorgesAzofeifa
    76'
  • De BruyneTielemans
    71'
  • HazardDembélé
    70'
  • RuizCampbell
    66'
  • GamboaSmith
    66'
  • BoyataDendoncker
    66'
  • LukakuHazard
    65'
  • Batshuayi
    64'
  • BolañosGuzmán
    62'
  • MertensBatshuayi
    52'
  • Lukaku
    50'
  • 1/2 Time
  • Belgium
  • Costa Rica
  • MeunierChadli
    45'
  • OviedoCalvo
    45'
  • UreñaVenegas
    45'
  • 1st Half
  • Belgium
  • Costa Rica
  • González
    44'
  • Lukaku
    42'
  • Mertens
    31'
  • Ruiz
    24'
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International friendlies - 11 June 2018

International friendlies – Follow the Football match between Belgium and Costa Rica live with Eurosport. The match starts at 19:45 on 11 June 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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  • End of 2nd Half
90' 

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.

89' 

Two minutes to be added on as Belgium run the clock down.

86' 

The clock ticks down and although the football is less than scintillating now, the vuvezelas are still parping away.

84' 

As Belgium string a few more passes together, it gets played back to Thibaut Courtois, who's been a bystander for this second half.

82' 

So it looks like Belgium are heading into this World Cup on a 19-match unbeaten streak.

80' 

Belgium are passing the ball around beautifully from the back now, stroking the passes together.

78' 

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.

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Belgium are really very comfortable now. Costa Rica are letting their discipline slip.

  • Youri Tielemans
    OffKevin De BruyneBelgiumDe Bruyne is off as well.
    TodayBlocked Shots2Fouls1Wide1Free Kicks3
  • Youri Tielemans
    OnYouri TielemansBelgium
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De Bruyne is off as well.

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  • Mousa Dembélé
    OffEden HazardBelgiumDembele is his replacement.
    TodayAssists1On target1Blocked Shots2Fouls against6
  • Mousa Dembélé
    OnMousa DembéléBelgium
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Dembele is his replacement.

69' 

Eden Hazard is limping after a firm challenge, and he's about to get substituted.

  • Joel Campbell
    OffBryan RuizCosta RicaAnd a man who's still ostensibly an Arsenal player.
    TodayGoals1On target1Free Kicks1
  • Joel Campbell
    OnJoel CampbellCosta Rica
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And a man who's still ostensibly an Arsenal player.

  • Ian Smith
    OffCristian GamboaCosta RicaThe youngest player in the Costa Rica squad.
    TodayFouls2Fouls against1Offsides1
  • Ian Smith
    OnIan SmithCosta Rica
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The youngest player in the Costa Rica squad.

  • Leander Dendoncker
    OffDedryck BoyataBelgiumMore substitutions.
    TodayFouls1Wide1
  • Leander Dendoncker
    OnLeander DendonckerBelgium
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More substitutions.

  • Thorgan Hazard
    OffRomelu LukakuBelgiumSubstitutions galore.
    TodayGoals2Assists1On target3Offsides4
  • Thorgan Hazard
    OnThorgan HazardBelgium
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Substitutions galore.

  • Michy Batshuayi
    GoalMichy BatshuayiBelgiumGOAL! 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.
    TodayGoals1On target1
64'

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.

  • David Guzmán
    OffChristian BolañosCosta RicaBolanos has been quiet tonight. Guzman replaces him.
    TodayCorners1
  • David Guzmán
    OnDavid GuzmánCosta Rica
62'

Bolanos has been quiet tonight. Guzman replaces him.

59' 

Alderweireld picks up the ball in the middle of the park and sprays it wide to the left. Some playmaking there.

59' 

Lukaku is working so hard this evening. Here he's on the run down the left and cutting into the box.

58' 

Belgium are just crushing this in terms of possession. Costa Rica can't get a sniff of the ball.

57' 

CLOSE! Carrasco is OK and sets up Kevin De Bruyne, who hits it sweetly but his shot is fizzing wide of the post.

53' 

Carrasco has taken a blow to the back of the head and is having some treatment so we have a break in play.

  • Michy Batshuayi
    OffDries MertensBelgiumAnd after that, Dries Mertens bids farewell to the match, replaced by Michy Batshuayi.
    TodayGoals1Assists1On target1Fouls1
  • Michy Batshuayi
    OnMichy BatshuayiBelgium
51'

And after that, Dries Mertens bids farewell to the match, replaced by Michy Batshuayi.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    GoalRomelu LukakuBelgiumGOAL! That's an absolutely magnificent header from Romelu Lukaku. He leaps at the near post and sends the ball right into the top corner.
    TodayGoals2On target3Offsides4
50'

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.

46' 

And we're under way in the second half.

  • Nacer Chadli
    OffThomas MeunierBelgiumMeunier is off, replaced by Chadli, for Belgium.
    TodayFouls1
  • Nacer Chadli
    OnNacer ChadliBelgium
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Meunier is off, replaced by Chadli, for Belgium.

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Calvo and Venegas enter the fray for Costa Rica, with Oviedo and Urena replaced.

  • End of 1st Half
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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.

45' 

Two minutes to be added on here.

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  • Romelu Lukaku
    GoalRomelu LukakuBelgiumGOAL! 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.
    TodayGoals1On target2Offsides4
42'

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.

40'

Lukaku is offside again. Why? No need.

37'

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.

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Oh, he took the ball to the face in that last save he made. Ouch.

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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.

32' 

Romelu Lukaku continues to threaten, and Navas is stringing together all the saves.

  • Dries Mertens
    GoalDries MertensBelgiumGOAL! 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.
    TodayGoals1On target1Fouls1Corners1
31'

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.

28' 

Another good save from Navas, this time from Mertens.

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That was not a good free kick.

26' 

Free kick to Belgium and De Bruyne prepares to swing it in after a foul from Gonzalez.

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Vertonghen was struggling with a high ball in, and Courtois can't get near the strike past his despairing left hand.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    GoalBryan RuizCosta RicaGOAL! Great strike from Bryan Ruiz, belting the ball from the edge of the area.
    TodayGoals1On target1Free Kicks1
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GOAL! Great strike from Bryan Ruiz, belting the ball from the edge of the area.

24' 

Lukaku continues to lurk and give Navas plenty of work to do.

19' 

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.

16' 

Lukaku is trying to charge his way through the Costa Rica defence and struggling with that as a tactic.

13'

Pretty late flag there against Lukaku after a through-ball from De Bruyne.

11' 

Another Belgium corner, taken by De Bruyne and headed over by Boyata.

8' 

Long ball forward for Lukaku to chase.

7' 

Lukaku turns in the box and finds himself the subject of gravity and some firm Costa Rica defending. That's not a foul.

6' 

Mertens takes a Belgium corner, but it's cleared.

4' 

And the first chance for Belgium, as Meunier heads down the right and Hazard has his shot blocked.

3' 

Costa Rica doing all the pressing in these opening minutes.

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1' 

Kick-off!

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Time for a singalong as we listen to the national anthems.

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The players are filing out on to the pitch, accompanied by the mascot kids.

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"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.

19:00 

Good evening, and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the international friendly between Belgium and Costa Rica.