Belgium beats Russia 2-0 in friendly

Romelu Lukaku scored a goal in each half Wednesday as Belgium

beat Russia 2-0 in a friendly.

Lille midfielder Eden Hazard capitalized on Igor Akinfeev’s

blunder near Russia’s goal and crossed to Lukaku, who scored into

an empty net just two minutes into the game.

For his second goal, the Anderlecht striker brought down a long

pass from the center of the pitch with his chest to beat Akinfeev

with a low left-footed shot from 11 meters in the 73rd minute.

Hazard, a constant threaten to the defense, had a chance in the

21st but his powerful shot from the edge of the box hit defender

Sergei Ignashevich.

Russia pressed in the second half and had several clear chances

in front of the sold-out crowd of 32,000 at Trud stadium in

Voronezh, 540 kilometers (335 miles) south of Moscow.

It was only the third time that Russia hosted an international

game outside Moscow or St. Petersburg.

Russia and Belgium are both bidding to host the World Cup in


In a move to prove its ability to host the event, about 10

million rubles ($330,000) was spent to renovate the stadium in

Voronezh, home to a second-division team.

FIFA’s technical panel reported on Wednesday, that Russia faced

challenges on providing transport infrastructure. The visitors were

forced to spend a night in Moscow as dense fog prevented their

plane from landing in Voronezh on Tuesday.

It takes at least eight hours for the fastest train to reach

Voronezh from Moscow.


Russia: Igor Akinfeev, Roman Shishkin, Vasily Berezutsky (Viktor

Vasin, 46), Sergei Ignashevich (Igor Semshov, 63), Yuri Zhirkov,

Konstantin Zyryanov (Pavel Mamayev, 63), Roman Shirokov, Diniyar

Bilyaletdinov (Alexander Bukharov, 74), Alan Dzagoyev, Pavel

Pogrebnyak, Andrey Arshavin.

Belgium: Jean-Francois Gillet, Daniel Van Buyten, Vincent

Kompany, Laurent Ciman, Timmy Simons, Steven Defour, Marouane

Fellaini, Eden Hazard (Sebastien Pocognoli, 90), Jan Vertonghen,

Romelu Lukaku ( Jelle Vossen, 75), Moussa Dembele (Vadis Odjidja

Ofoe, 89).