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Finland 0-2 Belgium: Red-Devils progress as group winners to leave Finland on the brink of exit as Lukaku strike makes him joint top scorer at Euro 2020

Belgium secure a 2-0 victory over Finland this evening in their Euro 2020 Group B clash.

An own goal from Lukas Hradecky and a strike from Romelu Lukaku delivered the three points to send the Red Devils through as group winners with a 100% record.

De Bruyne stood still in his attempts to dictate the tempo – something Pep Guardiola preaches to his creators at Manchester City – and Belgium waited patiently for the moment to explode.

One pass serves as the detonator with Romelu Lukaku’s movement making him one of the most feared strikers in Europe these days. De Bruyne’s clipped cross from deep found Lukaku’s head, only for Lukas Hradecky to gather comfortably.

Lukaku earlier ought to have found Hazard but his last pass was errant, while Witsel twice tried his luck from distance along with Leandro Trossard.

Paulus Arajuuri threw himself in front of Jeremy Doku’s goalbound effort, while the lively Rennes winger later forced Hradecky into tipping away when cutting in off the left.

The defeat leaves Finland in third place after Denmark defeated Russia to secure second spot. The Finns need other results to land in their favour to reach the knockout stage.

Belgium will travel to Seville for their round-of-16 contest against a third-place team from either Group A, D, E or F.

Finland must wait until the end of the group stage to see if they can qualify as one of the best third-place outfits.

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