Belgium BEL Lukaku (10', 88'), Meunier (34')
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European Championship Gameweek 1
Jun 12, 2021 KO: 19:00

Belgium - Russia

Gazprom Arena Sankt-Petersburg
Referee: Antonio Matéu Lahoz
Lukaku 10'  
Meunier 34'  
Lukaku 88'  

Match preview

Hazard, De Bruyne to miss opener – How Belgium could line up against Russia

Kevin De Bruyne will miss Belgium’s Euro 2020 opener on Sunday, while Eden Hazard remains in doubt.

Belgium begins its quest for Euro 2020 glory on Sunday with a clash against Russia in St. Petersburg, but could do so without two key stars.

Kevin De Bruyne required surgery to repair facial injuries sustained in the Champions League final last month and will miss this game at least, while Eden Hazard is unlikely to make it despite taking part in training.

The Real Madrid star came off the bench in Belgium’s last friendly against Croatia, with coach Roberto Martinez admitting he “needs to be on the pitch, in a match scenario” to reach full readiness.

The De Bruyne injury especially leaves Belgium’s midfield depleted, with Borussia Dortmund’s Axel Witsel also ruled out of this game.

The defence, though, is fully operational, with Martinez’s first-choice back three likely to be Toby Alderweireld, Jason Denayer and Jan Vertonghen for the majority of the tournament.

Timothy Castagne enjoyed a successful first Premier League campaign with Leicester City and should start right-wing back alongside teammate Youri Tielemans and Leander Dendoncker in midfield, with Nacer Chadli on the left.

In Eden’s absence, younger brother Thorgan could start on the left of the front three and, together with Dries Mertens, in support of Romelu Lukaku up top.

The country’s all-time leading goal scorer, Lukaku approaches the tournament on the back of the season of his career so far, with 24 goals and 11 assists in Inter’s Serie A-winning campaign.

The Red Devils were stunned by Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, but bounced back to end up as the third-placed team at the 2018 World Cup.

Martinez will be eying a deep run in the tournament and a first major trophy for the nation, beginning with their group stage opener this weekend.

Belgium starting XI versus Russia

Belgium - Football tactics and formations

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  Average Match Rating  
8.7
  Home  
6.7
7.6
  Away  
7.2
8.1
  Total  
7.0

Match statistics

Belgium
Statistics
Russia
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
16
11
Draws
3
4
Losses
1
5
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
65
37
Goals Per Game
3.25
1.85
More > 2.5 Goals
13
13
More > 3 Goals
9
9
Scored First in a Match
15
12
Scored Both Halves
13
6
Won More > 1 Goal
13
5
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
13
24
Did Not Score
0
3
Both Teams Scored
11
11
Kept Clean Sheet
9
8
Won Without Conceding
9
6
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
834
684
Possession
63
56
Passes
675
509
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
16
15
Shots on Target
7.50
5.44
Goals out of Shots
0.24
0.16
Crosses
17
23
Offsides
2.29
2.40
Penalties
0.25
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.45
0.40
Tackles Won
8.06
9.19
Clearances
11
12
Interceptions
7.81
13
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
12
22
Total Shots Conceded
7.93
9.38
Shots on Target Conceded
2.57
4.69
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.10
0.11
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
13
Yellow Cards
0.95
1.55
Red Cards
0.00
0.05

Injuries

  1. Calf/Shin Injury image description
  2. Eye Injury image description
  3. Achilles tendonitis image description