Belgium vs Russia lineups and team news: Eden Hazard on the bench


elgium captain Eden Hazard starts on the bench against Russia as they seek to affirm their status among the favourites for Euro 2020 in Saturday’s Group B clash.

Hazard has had an injury-plagued season with Real Madrid and his place in the Belgium starting lineup was always in doubt as he missed out on much of the country’s first week of preparation for the tournament.

With midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel missing out through injury, the match provides Youri Tielemans with the opportunity to step up and play a central role, one month after his heroics for Leicester City in their FA Cup final triumph.

Hosts Russia have made two changes to the team that beat Bulgaria 1-0 in Moscow last Saturday in their last warm-up game.

Full back Mario Fernandes comes in for Vyachelsav Karavayev while Daler Kuzyayev replaces Alexei Ionov.

Russia were hit on the eve of the tournament by the withdrawal of Andrey Mostovoy after he tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Belgium vs Russia lineups

Belgium XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Boyata, Castagne, Tielemans, Dendoncker, Thorgan Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku, Carrasco

Subs: Vermaelen, Eden Hazard, Mignolet, Sels, Meunier, Denayer, Benteke, Chadli, Batshuayi, Trossard, Doku, Praet

Russia XI: Shunin, Fernandes, Semenov, Dzhikija, Zhirkov, Barinov, Ozdoev, Zobnin, Kuzyaev, Golovin, Dzyuba

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