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Eriksen received medical assistance on the pitch and was stretchered away. Important save. The experience of more than 1, international appearances in the squad should also stand Belgium in good stead when it comes to pressure situations in a major tournament. N ow Kuzyayev also can't carry on and he comes off with Cheryshev coming on.
G reat dating a Petersburg player in Denmark as the match gets back underway. It falls invitingly for Meunier, who finishes coolly. You can follow our live blog here. We've noticed you're adblocking. Sadly, all thoughts are with Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, who collapsed on the pitch in the first half of their clash with Finland. Stanislav Cherchesov, the Russia coach, had switched formations three times by the start of the second half and, while they improved after the interval, the damage was already done.
B elgium with 57 per cent possession as we pass the 30 minute mark. Kick off moments away. L ukaku gives Belgium the lead after a horrible error by the Russian defender. L ukaku gets his second of the night with a cool finsh at the near post. Martinez said he expects De Bruyne to be ready to play in Belgium's second game, against Denmark in Copenhagen on June 17, when he might be wearing a face mask. Castagne and Daler Kuzyaev both had to be replaced after a nasty clash of he and Belgium claimed a second soon afterwards.
A clash of he between Castagne and Kuzyayev le to a stop in play. Belgium were in front after 10 minutes.
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The Leicester man has run the show tonight. T he Belgium players take the knee and are booed by Russian fans in St Petersburg. On the evidence of tonight they will be hard to stop. There is a widespread acceptance that this might be Belgium's best chance of winning a European Championship or World Cup for the first time, at least for this current generation. But the delivery is poor and it goes straight out for a throw in. If they want to slow it down, it's at walking speed.
Yet is there a worry that the Belgians have a squad with one of the oldest average ages, at That Axel Witsel, the main holding midfielder, is 32 and coming off a four-month absence with a torn Achilles tendon injury that has ruled him out of the start of the tournament? R ussia are trying to take more of the initiative in the early stages here but no breakthrough yet. There's still much to like about Belgium: the goals of striker Romelu Lukaku, the flourishing of midfielder Youri Tielemans, the foraging runs of wing back Thomas Meunier, the consistency of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
I nto the final 10 minutes. I t's all over in St Petersburg as Belgium send an ominious statement to their tournament rivals. Thank you for your support. C hance for Russia as Fernandes meets a corner with a good header but it is straight at Courtois. The European Chmpionship is being billed by some as the last hurrah for Belgium's "golden generation" begins with two of the team's long-time stalwarts likely missing from its opening match.
Belgium have made Russia look a very poor side tonight. I t's been a breeze for Belgium so far with Lukaku leading the line impressively. Telegraph Sport Euro Belgium make winning start to Euros campaign Romelu Lukaku put Belgium in front and sends a message to Christian Eriksen First-half sub Thomas Meunier doubles lead before half-time Finland vs Russia live Euro score Captain Eden Hazard comes off the bench late on and Lukaku gets his second goal of the match late on R omelu Lukaku had only one thing in mind after swiveling and shooting low into the corner to set Belgium on course for this comfortable victory.
The playmaker required a minor operation and has been following an individual training program, so he didn't travel to St. Petersburg for the team's opening game against Russia. F our added minutes at the end of the half. B oth teams preparing to enter the pitch.
J ust the one shot on target for Russia. P ersistence nearly pays off for Carrasco as he stumbles and dribbles his way past a couple Russia players but shoots over. Please refresh the and retry. V ar check for a foul on Meunier. The ball falls to Lukaku and he makes no mistake. Will take a massive dip in level from them to lose from this position. There are goals there for them if they want it. S hunin is out quickly to block a shot from Hazard.
Martinez said Hazard still needed to get "match intensity" so is likely to be on the bench again for the game against Russia, whose chances of an upset win suddenly have improved. No penalty. The whole Spurs family is with you.
R omelu Lukaku had only one thing in mind after swiveling and shooting low into the corner to set Belgium on course for this comfortable victory. Lukaku sealed a strong performance with a late third to set Belgium firmly on their way. Visit our adblocking instructions. F ull details on how to watch the European Championship here.
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When they want to speed it up they can. I t was a classy celebration for Lukaku, who went up to the camera and paid tribute to his Inter Milan team-mate Eriksen. Hazard's health is slightly less clear-cut, with the winger in far-from-perfect shape after an injury-disrupted season with Real Madrid and only being a substitute in Euro warmup games. I love you! T ielemans is fouled in the centre circle. W e are back underway and Russia have made their third change with Diveyev on and Barinov off.
B rilliant last ditch tackle by Dzhikiya to stay with a rampging Lukaku and block the Belgian's shot at goal. Belgium have scored twice with their three efforts at goal. It was a touching scene. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Game over. Get well soon, Christian.
D zyuba gets the first corner of the match as he hustles Alderweireld into an error. The last four minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half. S econd Russia change as Karavaev replaces Zhirkov. B elgium are playing this game at their pace. R oberto Martinez has a very well oiled machine in his hands with Belgium, Pace, energy, a strong spine, goals.
This performance is ominous for their rivals.
De Bruyne is probably the least of coach Roberto Martinez's concerns, despite linking up with the squad a week late after fracturing his nose and eye socket during Manchester City's loss to Chelsea in the Champions League final. Expect them to dominate the ball. H ostile atmosphere with jeers every time Belgium get on the ball. Following the medical emergency involving Denmark's player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials and further information will be communicated at CET.
The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised. The defender went down in the box but the check is over. H ello and welcome coverage of the final game of the day between Belgium and Russia.
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T he entire football world is coming together right now to extend their best wishes to Eriksen and his family. The match was subsquently suspended and we await further news on his condition. They will be hard to beat.
C astagne can't continue and he's replaced by Meunier. England vs Croatia live Euro updates. H azard crosses into the box and the ball is spilled by the Russia goalkeeper. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism.