Russia 1-4 Belgium: Eden Hazard hits brace as Belgium secure top spot

Russia 1-4 Belgium: Eden Hazard hits brace while Thorgan Hazard and Romelu Lukaku also score as Roberto Martinez’s side secure top spot in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I

  • Eden Hazard scored a brace as Belgium secured a 4-1 victory away to Russia 
  • Belgium’s win means that they will finish top of Euro 2020 qualifying group I 
  • Hazard’s brother Thorgan and Romelu Lukaku also scored in comfortable win 
  • Georgi Dzhikiya scored a consolation for Russia in second half in St Petersburg 

Eden Hazard scored a brace as Belgium beat Russia 4-1 away to ensure they will finish top of Euro 2020 qualifying Group I.

Both sides went into the game having already secured their place at next summer’s finals. 

Thorgan Hazard put Belgium in the lead after being set up by his brother.

Eden Hazard (left) and Thorgan Hazard (right) helped Belgium to secure victory against Russia

Eden Hazard celebrates after finding the net in Belgium’s 4-0 success away to Russia

Hazard shows impressive composure to score his side’s second goal of the game

Eden Hazard then took centre stage as he hit a brace before half time, with Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne setting up his goals. 

Lukaku added another goal in the second half as Belgium took further control of the game.

Thorgan Hazard opened the scoring for Belgium against Russia in the 19th minute of the game

The Belgium players congratulate Thorgan Hazard after he scored their opening goal

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku also found the net as Belgium took all three points

MATCH FACTS 

Russia: Guilherme; Fernandes, Semenov, Dzhikiya, Petrov; Ozdoev, Zobnin (Kuzyaev 62); Ionov, Miranchuk, Zhirkov (Bakaev 50); Dyzuba (Komlichenko 81)

Subs: Akhmetov, Erokhin, Dzhanaev, Shunin, Kudryashov, Fomin, Karavaev, Komlichenko, Chistyakov, Belyaev 

Booked: Petrov 

Goal: Dzhikiya 79 

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vermaelen (Denayer 67); Castagne, De Bruyne, Witsel, T. Hazard; Mertens (Tielemans 52), E. Hazard; Lukaku (Batshuayi 77)

Subs: Benteke, Cobbaut, Praet, Carrasco, Mignolet, Dendoncker, Vanaken, Origi, Sels

Goals: T. Hazard 19, E. Hazard 33, 40, Lukaku 72

Russia did get a goal back courtesy of Georgi Dzhikiya, but it mattered little in the grand scheme of things.

These two sides both have one game remaining in qualifying; those fixtures will take place on Tuesday, with Belgium hosting Cyprus and Russia travelling to face San Marino.   

Georgi Dzhikiya (centre) celebrates after he scored a consolation goal for Russia vs Belgium

Kevin de Bruyne looks to push forward while being tracked by Russia’s Alexey Ionov

Belgium’s Timothy Castagne battles for possession with Yuri Zhirkov of Russia

Belgium’s victory ensured that Roberto Martinez’s side will finish top of qualifying Group I

 

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