- Belgium Back With a Bang -
uefa euro 2016 - group stage (group e)
|Belgium||3 - 0||Ireland|
|Lukaku 48', 70'
After a 2-0 loss in their opener to Italy, Belgium thrashed Ireland 3-0 in the second matchday of Group E. The win puts Belgium in second place and are the favorites to advance with Italy from the group.
It was all Belgium in the first 45 minutes as Ireland was pinned back in their own half. Despite a goalless first half, Belgium came close to an opener on many occasions. Three minutes into the second half, Lukaku gave Belgium the well-deserved 1-0 lead with a superbly placed left-footed shot. Belgium continued to dominate the game and within 9 minutes, a one goal lead was increased to three. A header from Witsel and a fantastic counter-attack that was finished by Lukaku, increased the lead. Ireland failed to threaten Belgium’s goal throughout the game and the 3-0 lead remained at the final whistle.
The emphatic win demonstrates Belgium’s ability and why they are considered one of the favorites of the tournament. With the win, Belgium sits in 2nd place in Group E before their final group match against Sweden. Ireland, who is at the bottom of the group, will need all three points against Italy to have any hopes of progressing from the group stage.
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