Bỉ Vs Ireland - Ngày 18/06/2016 - Euro 2016

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium recorded their first win at triệu Euro năm 2016 và damaged the Republic of Ireland's chances of reaching the last 16.

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After a goalless opening half, Lukaku scored the Belgians' first goal at the tournament with a neat finish from the edge of the area.

Axel Witsel headed in a second in the 61st minute, before Lukaku sidefooted home after a quiông xã counter.

The Republic did not force goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois inkhổng lồ a single save sầu.

Relive sầu Belgium's win over the Republic of Ireland

It means Martin O'Neill's side, who are bottom of their section with one point, will probably have lớn beat Italy in their final Group E game on Wednesday.

Belgium, meanwhile, are second on three points và next face Sweden.

Romelu Lukaku's opener was the first goal Belgium have scored at a Euros since Emile Mpenza's strike against Sweden 16 years ago

Belgium boast a wealth of individual talent & had topped the Fifa rankings within the last year, making them one of the favourites to lớn go far in France.

However, they looked nothing like a team capable of winning the tournament against Italy, against whom they lost 2-0 on Monday.

The Belgians lacked fluidity & a sense of unity. As goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois put it: Tactically, technically & organisationally, they came up short.

It was a different story against the Republic.

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They dominated possession throughout, with Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne proving much more effective at stretching their opponent's defence than they were against the Italians. Both finished with an assist each.

The win means they are in a strong position to finish second in the group and, while they will face opponents much more attack-minded than the Republic, the victory will undoubtedly boost a side that had appeared lacking in confidence at the start of the tournament.

Play it long to Long

Shane Long had a thankless task against Belgium and did not have a single touch of the ball inside the opponent's area in the first half as he found himself having to lớn drop deep

Lukaku makes up for poor Italy display

With no goals in 11 competitive sầu games for club và country, Lukaku's place in the Belgium starting XI had come under scrutiny, especially after a lacklustre display against Italy.

In the first half against the Republic, he struggled lớn make an impact once again. The Everton striker did not have a single shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes, nor did he complete any successful dribbles or create a chance.

Coach Marc Wilmots resisted the temptation khổng lồ replace him at half-time with Divoông chồng Origi, and it was a decision that paid off.

Moments after the second half started, Belgium hit their opponents on the break as De Bruyne fed Lukaku on the edge of the area & he placed the ball beautifully inlớn the corner of the goal. He then showed good composure to pass the ball into lớn the net following excellent work by Hazard for his second và Belgium's third.

If Belgium are to lớn go far in this tournament, they will need Lukaku to persize lượt thích he did in the second half of this game on a consistent basis.

Man of the match - Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku more than made up for a poor first half with an excellent second, scoring with two well-executed finishes.

What they said

Republic of Irel& trùm Martin O'Neill: "You have sầu to analyse the performance & assess where mistakes are made. The first goal was vitally important & that came from our attachồng - they broke và got the goal. Then as we started to chase the game we got caught a few times, Belgium are a good side và put the game beyond us.

"We're bit disappointed with our performance considering how well we played against Sweden. We have khổng lồ win this game against Italy & we feel that, once we've sầu freshened ourselves up again, we'll be ready to lớn go."

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots: "Unity is very important. We win và lose together.

"With Romelu Lukaku, we wanted to lớn give him some confidence. I think he scored four goals in four matches but when he missed against Italy everyone was saying it's all different. I just needed to explain things lớn hyên ổn & make sure he knew I trusted hlặng. He did what I expected today."

The stats you need to lớn know

Republic of Ireland are still winless at the Euros since beating Englvà in their first game in the competition in 1988 (D2 L5).Kevin de Bruyne has had a h& in 10 goals in his past 10 appearances for Belgium (five sầu goals, five assists).Lukaku became the sixth Belgian khổng lồ score at both the World Cup and the Euros.The striker is also the first Belgian lớn score twice in a major tournament match since Marc Wilmots did so against Mexico in the 1998 World Cup.The Republic of Irel& have kept just one clean sheet in eight competitive sầu matches against Belgium.Axel Witsel's goal was his first for Belgium since September năm trước (against Australia), 653 days ago.There were 28 passes in the build up to Witsel's goal, a record for the European Championships (since 1980).Republic of Ireland failed khổng lồ have a shot on target in a major tournament game for the first time since the 1994 World Cup (against Norway).This equalled Belgium's biggest win at a major tournament (equalling their 3-0 victory over El Salvador at the 1970 World Cup).

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What next?

The Republic of Irel& face Italy at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille in their final group game on Wednesday. Belgium's victory means the Italians have sầu won the group, but Wilmots' side are favourites khổng lồ finish second. A win against Sweden in Nice on Wednesday will ensure they vì.