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Euro 2020: Lukaku leads Belgium’s attack against Russia



Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku will lead the Belgium attack in their Euro 2020 opener against Russia on Saturday with Kevin De Bruyne sidelined and captain Eden Hazard on the bench.

Lukaku has netted 60 goals in 93 appearances since his 2010 debut for the Red Devils and is flanked by Napoli winger Dries Mertens and Atletico Madrid’s Yannick Carrasco.

Belgium, the world’s top-ranked team, are looking for a winning start to Group B in Saint Petersburg to silence critics who see this as coach Roberto Martinez’s last chance to win a title with an ageing squad.

With Axel Witsel also injured, Leicester’s Youri Tielemans partnered Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Leander Dendoncker in central midfield with Thorgan Hazard and Timothy Castagne out wide.

Russia are looking to build on their run to the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup on home soil.

Zenit Saint Petersburg veteran Artem Dzyuba captains Russia in his home stadium with Monaco’s Aleksandr Golovin flanked by Zenit’s Daler Kuzyaev and Spartak Moscow winger Roman Zobnin.

Starting line-ups:

Russia (4-2-3-1)

Anton Shunin; Mario Fernandes, Andrei Semenov, Georgi Dzhikiya, Yuri Zhirkov; Magomed Ozdoev, Dmitri Barinov; Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Golovin, Daler Kuzyaev; Artem Dzyuba (capt)

Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov (RUS)

Belgium (3-4-3)

Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Jan Vertonghen (capt); Timothy Castagne, Leander Dendoncker, Youri Tielemans, Thorgan Hazard; Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Carrasco

Coach: Roberto Martinez (ESP)

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)


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