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9:00 PM
21/06/21
Gazprom Arena
Euro 2020 • Group B
  • 2nd Half
  • Finland
  • Belgium
  • PukkiJensen
    90'
  • LodForss
    90'
  • De BruyneVanaken
    90'
  • LukakuBenteke
    84'
  • Lukaku
    81'
  • TrossardMeunier
    76'
  • DokuBatshuayi
    76'
  • Hrádecký (o.g.)
    74'
  • UronenAlho
    70'
  • PohjanpaloKauko
    70'
  • SparvSchüller
    59'
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FULL-TIME! 

A Lukas Hradecky own goal and a late Romelu Lukaku strike sees Belgium beat Finland 2-0 in Saint Petersburg to finish Group B as winners after making it three wins out of three. Denmark are through after finishing second and will face Wales in the last 16. Finland finish third and are in real danger of not qualifying for the knockout stages, they will have to wait and see.

90+1' 

SUBS! Both for Finland. Jensen is on for Pukki and Forss comes on for Lod.

90' 

THREE minutes of added time.

85' 

Hazard curls a shot on goal from the edge of the box looking for the top corner but he fires it well wide.

  • Christian Benteke
    OffRomelu LukakuBelgiumSUB! Lukaku, who has a had a good game, comes off for Benteke who is making his Euro 2020 debut.
    TodayGoals1On target2Blocked Shots2Fouls3
  • Christian Benteke
    OnChristian BentekeBelgium
83' 

SUB! Lukaku, who has a had a good game, comes off for Benteke who is making his Euro 2020 debut.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    GoalRomelu LukakuBelgiumGOAL!! Belgium have their second and Lukaku has got it! He picks the ball up in the box with his back to goal, swivels and fires a low shot into the bottom corner for his 63rd Belgium goal!
    TodayGoals1On target2Blocked Shots2Fouls3
80' 

GOAL!! Belgium have their second and Lukaku has got it! He picks the ball up in the box with his back to goal, swivels and fires a low shot into the bottom corner for his 63rd Belgium goal!

78' 

CHANCE! Finland are starting to attack now and Lod fires narrowly over the bar!

75' 

SUBS! Meunier and Batshuayi come on for Trossard and Doku.

  • Lukáš Hrádecký
    Own-goalLukáš HrádeckýFinlandGOAL!!! Thomas Vermaelen scores for Belgium! The 35-year-old meets Hazard's corner and steers his header in off the post, off the left hand of Hradecky and just beyond the line! It will go down as a Finland own goal!
    TodayOwn goal1Saves by Goalkeeper6Free Kicks4
74' 

GOAL!!! Thomas Vermaelen scores for Belgium! The 35-year-old meets Hazard's corner and steers his header in off the post, off the left hand of Hradecky and just beyond the line! It will go down as a Finland own goal!

72' 

Witsel tries to slip Chadli down the inside left channel in the box but his pass is too heavy and skids out for a goal kick. Belgium are continuing to push and probe but Finland are still soaking it all up.

  • Nikolai Alho
    OffJere UronenFinlandArtem Dzyuba has scored for Russia from the penalty spot in the other game so Denmark now lead 2-1. SUBS! Pohjanpalo comes off for Kauko and Alho is in for Uronen.
    TodayFouls1Fouls against1
  • Nikolai Alho
    OnNikolai AlhoFinland
69' 

Artem Dzyuba has scored for Russia from the penalty spot in the other game so Denmark now lead 2-1. SUBS! Pohjanpalo comes off for Kauko and Alho is in for Uronen.

66' 

VAR RULES THE GOAL OUT! Lukaku was offside and there's a roar in the stadium! It's a lifeline for Finland!

65' 

GOAL!! Lukaku fires Belgium in front with his third goal of the tournament! De Bruyne plays a cutting through ball into Lukaku's path... he takes a nice touch before slotting the ball into the bottom right corner off his left boot. As it stands Finland are out! However, IT'S GONE TO VAR VERY LATE ON...

63' 

BRILLIANT SAVE! It's the save of the night from Hradecky who gets down low to deny Hazard's left-footed strike from point-blank range! Hazard cannot quite believe that was stopped!

62' 

SHOT! Finland have their first chance and it comes out to Kamara, but his low shot is straight at Courtois who can clutch the ball to his chest.

  • Rasmus Schüller
    OffTim SparvFinlandSUB! Sparv comes off for Schuller. Denmark currently lead 2-0 against Russia which sees them one point behind Finland and would see both Scandinavian nations progress to the Round of 16 as it stands. If Finland lose then Denmark will be through.
    TodayFouls1Fouls against1
  • Rasmus Schüller
    OnRasmus SchüllerFinland
60' 

SUB! Sparv comes off for Schuller. Denmark currently lead 2-0 against Russia which sees them one point behind Finland and would see both Scandinavian nations progress to the Round of 16 as it stands. If Finland lose then Denmark will be through.

58' 

SHOT! A clever low pass from a corner into the box lands at the feet of Hazard at the near post, but his low shot is straight at Hradecky.

55' 

Chadli has a bit of space on the edge of the area, but he cannot get sufficient power behind his shot and rolls into the arms of Hradecky. It's worth remembering Finland kept six clean sheets in their nine Euro 2020 qualifying games.

53' 

SHOT! Hazard has a go from range but he fires into the side netting.

52' 

De Bruyne attempts a tight one-two with Lukaku but again Finland clear. Finland are sitting deeper and deeper. Chadli's teasing cross into the box evades Lukaku and is cleared behind by Uronen for a corner. Hazard plays an outswinger but Toivio heads clear.

50' 

Chadli's cross into the box is harmless and it's caught by Hradecky. Belgium are on top but are not making their possession dominance count, at least not yet anyway... Denayer rifles a speculative shot on goal but it's well wide.

48' 

Trossard's cross deflects behind for a corner which comes to nothing as Finland clear.

  • 2nd Half
46' 

We are back underway!

  • End of 1st Half
HALF-TIME! 

It's not been a classic so far. Belgium have dominated possession with Kevin De Bruyne and Jeremy Doku both threatening, but Finland have been defensively disciplined and resilient. As it stands both sides are heading through to the last 16. Second half coming up!

45' 

ONE minute of added time at the end of the first half.

45' 

NO PENALTY! Hazard goes down in the box under a challenge from O'Shaughnessy holding his leg but referee Brych is having none of it. Hazard went down very easily.

44' 

Doku sprints into the box again but his loose touch inside the area sees the ball roll out for a goal-kick. Belgium have been on top so far but Finland are holding firm.

42' 

GOOD SAVE! Doku switches to the left flank. He cuts in onto his favoured right boot and strikes low looking for the bottom corner, forcing Hradecky to make a fine save to parry away!

40' 

Lukaku fouls Arajuuri and Finland can rebuild once again. Denmark lead Russia 1-0 so as it stands Belgium would finish top on 7 points, Finland on 4, Denmark on 3 then Russia on three but a -3 goal difference compared to Denmark's -1. Lots can still change though, of course.

36' 

GOOD EFFORT! De Bruyne floats a delightful ball into the box which Lukaku nods on goal, but it lacks sufficient power and Hradecky catches it. De Bruyne has shown a few moments of magic in this lethargic first half.

34' 

On the edge of the box, Trossard turns and shoots but he drives his left-footed effort over the bar. Belgium are at least getting away some shots on goal now.

32' 

SHOT! A ball into the box rolls out to Witsel. He sidefoots his effort from 20 yards out but it flies over the bar.

30' 

Belgium have had 59 per cent possession but have only had one shot on goal as we pass the half-hour mark. Finland's wingbacks are not getting any space. A drilled cross from Doku is cleared.

Finland VS Belgum Euro-2020
28' 

Finland have done really well to frustrate their supposedly superior opponents and are well in this contest. They have not created any real chances, though, while Belgium are starting to get more dangerous.

26' 

Doku looks to skip past Uronen but the fullback is alert and makes a fine sliding challenge to kill the Belgium attacking move.

24' 

CHANCE! De Bruyne takes the ball on and squeezes past two defenders into the box before drilling a ball across the goalmouth which Arajuuri does well to hoof clear. That was pure class from the Belgian.

22' 

Belgium break. Lukaku skips past his Arajuuri but his pass looking for Hazard on his left flank is blocked and rolls into the path of Hradecky to collect. That was a good chance for Belgium.

Belgium's forward Eden Hazard speaks to teammates during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B football match between Finland and Belgium at Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on June 21, 2021
20' 

Lukaku planted a late foot in on Sparv while he was trying to clear the ball and the Finland captain is down in some pain. He's back on his feet now, though, and looks OK to continue.

18' 

Roberto Martinez's much-changed side are playing like a team who are not quite in sync with each other at the moment. The Red Devils are struggling to play with any sort of fluidity which is great news for Finland.

16' 

BIG CHANCE! De Bruyne plays an accurate, cutting through ball into the path of Lukaku. He closes in on the goalkeeper and shoots looking for the bottom right corner, but his low effort skids wide! It would not have counted anyway as Lukaku strayed offside.

14' 

De Bruyne's aimless cross into the box lands into the grateful arms of Hradecky. He was trying to pick out Lukaku but the two were clearly not on the same wavelength.

12' 

Pukki tries to get a shot away in the Belgium box but De Bruyne is there to clear. At the other end, Finland are awarded a free-kick after Doku fouls Uronen.

11' 

Kamara tries to pick out Uronen who surges down the left flank but the ball is too long and bounces out for a throw. It's been a very cagey opening to this game with neither side fashioning out even a meaningful attack yet.

9' 

Pohjanpalo clatters into Trossard and Belgium have a free-kick deep in their own half. Him and Pukki are yet to get into the game.

8' 

De Bruyne's long ball finds Doku but he has to really stretch for it and he pokes it out for a goal-kick. Finland are not affording Belgium any space behind their backline.

6' 

Belgium are passing it around but it's all a bit ponderous at the moment. Finland are happy to keep soaking up the pressure for now.

4' 

Lukaku attempts to bundle his way through into the box but Finland swarm men around him and they break clear. Finland look ready for a physical contest this evening.

2' 

Belgium have had all of the ball so far with both wingbacks pushing high up the pitch. Finland are staying compact.

  • 1st Half
1' 

We are underway! The referee this evening is Felix Brych.

19:57 

The teams are out onto the pitch, the national anthems have begun and we are just moments away from kick-off!

19:55 

Eden Hazard starts for the first time at this summer's European Championships and captains the Red Devils this evening.

Eden Hazard
19:50 

The warm-ups are well underway at Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg.

19:45 

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez told reporters pre-match: "There are two reasons we are going to give our all to get the victory tonight. The first is momentum as we have to keep winning to stay in the mindset we are in. The second reason is so that the players that are now getting their first minutes will also feel good that they could help their team and show themselves tonight."

Roberto Martinez
19:35 

WHAT CAN STILL HAPPEN? Denmark will need to beat Russia to stand any chance of making it through to the last-16. Both Russia and Finland are on three points after playing two games apiece, with Denmark without a point to their name and on a goal difference of -2. Belgium are through, but could finish in any of the three qualifying spots in the group depending on results in the final round of fixtures.

19:25 

Roberto Martinez has made EIGHT changes to his Belgium team that beat Denmark 2-1 last Thursday. Thomas Vermaelen, Dedryck Boyata, Leandro Trossard, Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel, Nacer Chadli, Eden Hazard and Jeremy Doku all come into the XI.

19:05 

Belgium XI: Courtois, Boyata, Denayer, Vermaelen, Trossard, De Bruyne, Witsel, Doku, Hazard, Chadli, Lukaku

Subs: Vertonghen, Tielemans, Carrasco, Mignolet, Sels, Mertens, Meunier, Vanaken, Dendoncker, Benteke, Batshuayi, Praet

19:04 

Finland XI: Hradecky, Raitala, Toivio, Arajuuri, O'Shaughnessy, Uronen, Lod, Sparv, Kamara, Pukki, Pohjanpalo

Subs: Vaisanen, Taylor, Jensen, Schuler, Joronen, Soiri, Alho, Kauko, Jaakkola, Valakari, Ivanov, Forss

18:57 

Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live digital coverage of Finland vs Belgium in the final Group B game at Euro 2020!

A draw for Belgium would be enough to see them top the group. For Finland, a win would guarantee them a place in the Round of 16 should Russia lose to Denmark which is being played at the same time.

Kick-off is at 8pm (UK time) with team news coming right up!