Belgium 3-0 Ireland: Belgium three star performance keep them in a alive in Euro 2016
Belgium dominated and got three goals after half-time, including two from Romelu Lukaku, to kick-start their campaign.Two second-half Romelu Lukaku goals capped a dominant Belgium display as they hit form to beat the Republic of Ireland in UEFA EURO 2016 Group E.
Belgium kept a clean sheet for the first time in nine international outings..(Picture Courtesy: UEFA)
Belgium were seeking to bounce back from their 2-0 loss to Italy and Kevin De Bruyne, a pre-match injury doubt, started behind Lukaku and was soon controlling play. He set up Eden Hazard for a good chance shot over and then the Manchester City playmaker was denied from distance by Darren Randolph. Late in the first half De Bruyne sent in a corner met by the head of Toby Alderweireld and cleared off the line by Wes Hoolahan.
Lukaku now has six goals in his last six games for Belgium. He managed eight in his previous 40 international outings.(Picture Courtesy: UEFA)
Inevitably it was De Bruyne who made the opening goal early in the second period, cutting in from the right and passing for Lukaku to sweep in his fifth in six Belgium games. It was 2-0 when Axel Witsel rose to head in Thomas Meunier's cross. The third arrived as Meunier won the ball in the corner and fed Hazard, who ran around an assistant referee before surging into the box and teeing up Lukaku for his second.
Man of the match: Axel Witsel (Belgium)
A towering header for the second goal ended any Irish hopes in Bordeaux, and Witsel also did his midfield job well, sweeping up and starting moves to ensure the front four could flourish.
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Report courtesy to UEFA Euro Release
Published: Sat Jun 18, 2016 09:35 PM IST