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Belgium find best form to beat Ireland

Published: Saturday 18 June 2016, 15.51CET
Belgium 3-0 Republic of Ireland
Belgium dominated and got three goals after half-time, including two from Romelu Lukaku, to kick-start their campaign.
by Paul Saffer at Stade de Bordeaux

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BelgiumRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46
Total attempts18
 
11
on target7
 
2
off target8
 
5
blocked3
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
4
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
10
Fouls suffered9
 
7

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Saturday 18 June 2016, 15.51CET

Belgium find best form to beat Ireland

Belgium 3-0 Republic of Ireland
Belgium dominated and got three goals after half-time, including two from Romelu Lukaku, to kick-start their campaign.

  • Romelu Lukaku scores twice either side of Axel Witsel in deadly 23-minute spell
  • Belgium second in Group E on three points, two ahead of Ireland and Sweden
  • Result means Italy have won group and will face Group D runners-up in St-Denis on 27 June
  • Next Group E fixtures, 22 June: Italy v Republic of Ireland, Sweden v Belgium
  • All the build-up, match action and reaction as it happened on UEFA.com


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 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.

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.

Lukaku: We got the result we needed

Belgium turn on the style
While Belgium had been stifled by Italy in the opener (just as the Italians subsequently did a clinical job on Sweden), Ireland could not handle an attack orchestrated by De Bruyne with Lukaku ahead of him and Hazard and Yannick Carrasco – later Dries Martens – on the flanks. It was also notable that Lukaku went over to celebrate with coach Marc Wilmots after his breakthrough strike.

Ireland's positive vibes
Ireland have no choice against Italy on matchday three: they will need to win and will need to attack. They did not take a negative approach today but Belgium never let them settle and forced their opponents back by the sheer vim of their attacking, both from the front four and the overlapping full-backs.

Coleman disappointed by Ireland defeat

Team reporters' views from Stade de Bordeaux
Berend Scholten, Belgium (@UEFAcomBerendS)

Wilmots's plan worked out fine. Carrasco added a dimension on the right, De Bruyne proved the creative hub in a central role behind the striker – his assist for Lukaku's opener a logical result of his fine showing – and captain Hazard also had a fair go. Hitting form comes right on time for Belgium and augurs well for the rest of these finals.

Paul Bryan, Ireland (@UEFAcomPaulB)
Prior to this defeat, Ireland boss Martin O'Neill spoke of his team having "two bites of the cherry" in terms of qualification for the last 16. Increasing his players' appetite for the next challenge against Italy, following this chastening reversal against the Red Devils, will demand a motivational masterclass.

Last updated: 12/07/16 17.39CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000448/match=2017955/postmatch/report/index.html#belgium+find+best+form

Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
23
RandolphDarren Randolph (GK)
2
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
2
ColemanSeamus Coleman
3
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
Yellow Card49
3
ClarkCiaran Clark
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea (C)
6
WitselAxel Witsel
Goal61
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
7
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
8
McCarthyJames McCarthy
Substitution62
9
R. LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Goal48
Goal70
Substitution83
9
LongShane Long
Substitution79
10
E. HazardEden Hazard (C)
13
HendrickJeff Hendrick
Yellow Card42
11
CarrascoYannick Carrasco
Substitution64
17
WardStephen Ward
16
MeunierThomas Meunier
19
BradyRobbie Brady
19
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Substitution57
20
HoolahanWes Hoolahan
Substitution71

Substitutes

12
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
1
WestwoodKeiren Westwood (GK)
13
GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
16
GivenShay Given (GK)
4
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
Substitution57
5
KeoghRichard Keogh
8
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution71
14
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution64
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
Substitution79
15
DenayerJason Denayer
11
McCleanJames McClean
Substitution62
17
OrigiDivock Origi
12
DuffyShane Duffy
18
KabaseleChristian Kabasele
14
WaltersJon Walters
20
BentekeChristian Benteke
Substitution83
15
ChristieCyrus Christie
21
J. LukakuJordan Lukaku
18
MeylerDavid Meyler
22
BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
21
MurphyDaryl Murphy
23
CimanLaurent Ciman
22
QuinnStephen Quinn

Coach

Marc Wilmots (BEL) Martin O'Neill (IRL)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Benoît Bastien (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

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