2020 Euro Qual I
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 21, 2019
Venue: King Baudouin Stadium

Youri Tielemans 14' -
Scored: 14'


Toby Alderweireld 44' -
Peno Scored: 44'


Eden Hazard 87' -
Scored: 87'


Scored: 15'
- Denis Cheryshev 15'

Red: 90'
- Aleksandr Golovin 90'

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90' + 2'

Belgium will be on the road next to play Cyprus who defeated San Marino tonight. Russia travel again to play Kazakhstan who stunned Scotland earlier on today. It looks like Belgium are the side to look out for however. More players to come back into this side too

90' + 2'

FULL TIME!

The game has ended between Belgium and Russia.

90'

It threatens to boil over at the end. Dries Mertens is booked for a cynical kick out as Russia try to advance. There is a second foul which could be worthy of a straight red. Aleksander Golovin's frustrations get the better of him. He retaliates and kicks out. A second yellow for him.

90'

Second Yellow & Red Card

Aleksandr Golovin receives a second yellow card and is sent off for Russia.

89'

Yellow Card

Dries Mertens is booked for Belgium.

87'

That should be that. Tielemens brings the ball forward. It is played wide to Castagne. His low ball is meant for Batshuayi. His control is a bit muddled but it falls to Hazard who wastes no time in slotting home. 

87'

GOAL!

Eden Hazard scores for Belgium.

83'

The Belgian attack is freshened up with the introduction of Nacer Chadli. 

83'

Substitution

Nacer Chadli replaces Thorgan Hazard for Belgium.

82'

Almost the clincher. The Hazard brothers combine again before T. Hazard plays a delightful reverse pass into Batshuayi. He is unable to convert the chance though and hits the post

77'

There is a bit more pace being introduced to this Russian side now. Dzyuba seemed to be labouring in this second period.

77'

Substitution

Fyodor Smolov replaces Artem Dzyuba for Russia.

71'

Decent link up play between E. Hazard and Batshuayi. They have both looked the most likely threat all evening. It is ended when Hazard's shot is blocked and cleared away

65'

Substitution

Fedor Chalov replaces Denis Cheryshev for Russia.

63'

Belgium are overdoing things at the moment. T. Hazard has the chance to play in either his brother or Batshuayi. He does neither however. The ball is played back out but the resulting show from Telemens is wide 

60'

Belgium keep the ball for about thirty passes to leave the Russians chasing shadows. It eventually comes to naught as the final ball is intercepted

55'

Russia win a free-kick in a dangerous position, just outside the penalty area. It is awarded when Vertonghen is adjuged to have handled the ball, after a long ball. It seemed more ball to arm in my opinion. He protests his innocence to no reward. The resulting chance is skied by Golovin however. 

50'

Hard to know what approach Russia should employ at the beginning of this half. Do they stay tight and hope for an opening in open play or set piece? Or do they become a bit more offensive to create more opportunities? One such half-chance comes from distance but is held comfortably by Courtois. 

46'

No further changes at the break, as we begin the second-half. Batshuayi collects the ball as it is played forward but he is ruled to have used his arm

46'

Second Half

The second half between Belgium and Russia has started.

45' + 1'

On the basis of statistics, Belgium probably deserve to be in front. They had the majority of the ball, more corners and more shots on target. But they have stuttered for long spells in this game. Russia are not done just yet. They perhaps need a bit more going forward though

45'

Half Time

It is half-time between Belgium and Russia.

44'

Home side is back in front. And it is a back of a soft one. They come forward yet again before Thorgan Hazard plays in his brother. He dinks his way into the penalty area before going over the leg of Yuri Zhirkov. It looked rather dubious but given none the less. He steps up and right into the bottom corner. 

44'

PENALTY SCORED!

Toby Alderweireld scores for Belgium from the penalty spot.

43'

Penalty to Belgium

42'

Russia just content to play it around to themselves in their own half. Trying to get their pattern back again before going again

38'

Oh so close! Belgium break out after a Russian corner. Tielemans leading the charge yet again but plenty up in support of him. Desperate Russian tackling stops Hazard but Batshuayi sees his chance. His shot is goal-bound but cleared on the line at the very last moment 

35'

The Red Devils are unable to get their passing game to stick so far tonight. Russia obviously have their part to play but you expect their play to be a lot crisper and sharper

31'

Castagne is played down the right hand side. Despite his best efforts, he is unable to keep it in. More frustration

29'

Belgium have two corners in a row but appear to be trying to be too precise. Both miss their desired contact

27'

Russia are now just cutting out any sort of momentum Belgium are trying to build up. Certainly something seems to be absent tonight so far 

25'

Substitution

Daler Kuzyaev replaces Alexey Miranchuk for Russia.

19'

Yellow Card

Aleksandr Golovin is booked for Russia.

17'

Right! First of all Belgium are on the attack but seem to be going nowhere. E. Hazard picks it up before playing it across to Timothy Castagne. He touches it inside to Youri Tielemans whose shot is low into the corner to put the home side in front. Almost straight away, the ball is played back to Thiabut Courtois. He seems to have plenty of time but dithers horribly. He is closed down by Artem Dyzuba. The ball finds its way to Denis Cheryshev. Courtois tries to bring him down but the forward rounds him and taps home. The home crowd is stunned

15'

GOAL!

Denis Cheryshev scores for Russia.

14'

GOAL!

Youri Tielemans scores for Belgium.

10'

Significant absences of course for Belgium tonight due to various retirements and injuries since the World Cup campaign. Fellaini, De Bruyne, Lukaku are just some of the names missing tonight. 

9'

Opportunity for Belgium again following a set-piece. A corner is played into Jan Verton

2'

Chance early on for the home side. Michy Batshuayi is played into space following a great ball by Edin Hazard. He overruns it though and Guilherme is able to collect it. 

1'

GAME ON!

The game between Belgium and Russia has kicked off.

0'

Belgium are unbeaten in their last 21 home competitive games so they are going to take some stopping. In eight of their last 10 at home, they've won by a margin of two or more goals. 

The Red Devils could extend their run in qualifiers to just one defeat in their last 30 qualifiers if they avoid a loss this evening.

0'

Major clash in the opening set of fixtures as the two favourites in Group I come together. A win for either will set forth a statement of intent going forward. 



Photo Gallery for Belgium -v- Russia



Belgium
Thibaut Courtois
Goalkeeper
Dedryck Boyata
Defender
Toby Alderweireld
44Peno: 44'
Defender
Jan Vertonghen
Defender
Leander Dendoncker
Midfielder
Timothy Castagne
Midfielder
Thorgan Hazard
83'
83Subbed Off: 83'
Midfielder
Youri Tielemans
14Scored: 14'
Midfielder
Michy Batshuayi
Forward
Eden Hazard
87Scored: 87'
Forward
Dries Mertens
89Booked: 89'
Forward

Substitutes
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco
Midfield
Jason Denayer
Defender
Nacer Chadli
83'
83Subbed On: 83'
Midfield
Koen Casteels
Goalkeeper
Christian Benteke
Forward
Adnan Januzaj
Forward
Brandon Mechele
Defender
Simon Mignolet
Goalkeeper
Divock Origi
Forward
Dennis Praet
Midfield
Hans Vanaken
Midfield
Thomas Vermaelen
Defender
Russia
Guilherme Marinato
Goalkeeper
Kirill Nababkin
Defender
Fedor Kudriashov
Defender
Mario Fernandes
Defender
Georgy Dzhikya
Defender
Yuri Zhirkov
Midfielder
Daler Kuzyaev
Midfielder
25Subbed On: 25'
Aleksandr Golovin
Midfielder
19Booked: 19'
90Booked: 90'
90Sent off: 90'
Denis Cheryshev
Midfielder
15Scored: 15'
65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Ilzat Akhmetov
Midfielder
Artem Dzyuba
Forward 77'
77Subbed Off: 77'

Substitutes
Fyodor Smolov
Forward
77Subbed On: 77'
77'
Anton Shunin
Goalkeeper
Andrei Semyonov
Defender
Georgi Schennikov
Defender
Anton Miranchuk
Midfield
Alexey Miranchuk
Midfield 25'
25Subbed Off: 25'
Andrey Lunyov
Goalkeeper
Vladislav Ignatyev
Midfield
Lury Gazinsky
Midfield
Fedor Chalov
Forward
65Subbed On: 65'
65'