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Lukaku makes his mark as Belgium sink Russia

Published: Wednesday 17 November 2010, 19.10CET
Russia 0-2 Belgium
Seventeen-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku found the net in both halves as Belgium earned a well-deserved friendly victory in Voronezh.
Lukaku makes his mark as Belgium sink Russia
Vincent Kompany (left) keeps tabs on Russia's Alan Dzagoev ©AFP

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Published: Wednesday 17 November 2010, 19.10CET

Lukaku makes his mark as Belgium sink Russia

Russia 0-2 Belgium
Seventeen-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku found the net in both halves as Belgium earned a well-deserved friendly victory in Voronezh.

Seventeen-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku scored in both halves as Belgium earned a spirited friendly away win in Russia.

It took Lukaku just two minutes to score his first senior international goal as he capitalised on a defensive mix-up to give his side the lead. The prodigious teenager struck again 16 minutes from time after controlling a long pass and finishing coolly, sealing a highly impressive win for Georges Leekens' side.

Things could not have got off to a worse start for the hosts when right-back Roman Shishkin's back pass put Igor Akinfeev under pressure in his own area, and the goalkeeper gave the ball away to Eden Hazard who crossed for Lukaku to score into an empty net.

The PFC CSKA Moskva goalkeeper, who made a similar error in his side's 1-0 UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying defeat by Slovakia in September, made amends with a fine one-handed save from Jan Vertonghen. The hosts came close on 19 minutes when Diniyar Bilyaletdinov tried to lob Jean-François Gillet from the left side of the area and Gillet saved a long-range effort by Shiskin on the stroke of half-time.

However, the visitors posed the greater threat and Hazard twice had to be repelled by Sergei Ignashevich. Belgium waited patiently for their chance and struck again on 74 minutes when Lukaku collected a long ball, muscled his way in on goal and fired past Akinfeev. Russia's disappointing night was compounded by late misses from substitute Aleksandr Bukharov and Roman Shirokov.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.33CET

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Lineups

Russia

Russia

Belgium

Belgium

AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
J. GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Substitution46
CimanLaurent Ciman
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
Substitution63
KompanyVincent Kompany
DzagoevAlan Dzagoev
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
BilyaletdinovDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
Substitution74
DefourSteven Defour
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution63
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
SimonsTimmy Simons
Yellow Card85
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
HazardEden Hazard
Yellow Card48
Substitution90
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Substitution90
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Goal2
Goal73
Substitution75

Substitutes

VasinViktor Vasin
Substitution46
PocognoliSébastien Pocognoli
Substitution90
MamaevPavel Mamaev
Substitution63
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja
Substitution90
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
Substitution74
VossenJelle Vossen
Substitution75
SemshovIgor Semshov
Substitution63

Coach

Dick Advocaat (NED) Georges Leekens (BEL)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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