Belgium v Republic of Ireland, 18 June 2016

Score3-0 to Belgium
RefereeCuneyt Cakir
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Group E
VenueStade Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux
Attendance39,493
Kick-off: 3:00pm local (2:00pm BST) This fixture was the first meeting between Belgium and Republic of Ireland since they faced each other in November 1997 when Belgium won 2-1 in a home World Cup qualifier. Belgium were now unbeaten in the last seven meetings (won three) dating back to a 3-2 friendly loss in 1966. Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium recorded their first win at Euro 2016 and damaged the Republic of Ireland's chances of reaching the last 16. After a goalless opening half, Lukaku scored the Belgians' first goal at the tournament with a neat finish from the edge of the area. Axel Witsel headed in a second in the 61st minute, before Lukaku sidefooted home after a quick counter. The Republic did not force goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into a single save throughout the game. It was Belgium's biggest win at a major tournament since they beat El Salvador 3-0 in the World Cup in Mexico in 1970. 22 years to the day since their famous World Cup win against Italy in USA, it seemed that Ireland would have to repeat that feat in their final group game to extend their interest in Euro 2016.

3  Belgium

Manager: Marc Wilmots

0  Republic of Ireland

Manager: Martin O'Neill

Goals:

Romelu Lukaku 48 G
Axel Witsel 61 G
Romelu Lukaku 70 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Defender Thomas Meunier
Defender Thomas Vermaelen
Defender/Midfielder Jan Vertonghen
Midfielder Yannick Carrasco
Midfielder Moussa Dembélé
Midfielder Eden Hazard (captain)
Midfielder Axel Witsel
Midfielder/Forward Kevin De Bruyne
Forward Romelu Lukaku

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph
Defender John O'Shea (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Robbie Brady
Defender/Midfielder Ciaran Clark
Defender/Midfielder Seamus Coleman
Defender/Midfielder Stephen Ward
Midfielder Jeff Hendrick
Midfielder Wes Hoolahan
Midfielder James McCarthy
Midfielder Glenn Whelan
Forward Shane Long

Substitutions:

Radja Nainggolan for Moussa Dembélé 57
Dries Mertens for Yannick Carrasco 64
Christian Benteke for Romelu Lukaku 82

Substitutions:

James McClean for James McCarthy 63
Aiden McGeady for Wes Hoolahan 72
Robbie Keane for Shane Long 78

Cards:

Thomas Vermaelen 49 Y

Cards:

Jeff Hendrick 42 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Defender Laurent Ciman
Defender Jason Denayer
Defender Jordan Lukaku
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini
Midfielder Radja Nainggolan
Forward Michy Batshuayi
Forward Dries Mertens
Forward Divock Origi

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Shay Given
Goalkeeper Kieren Westwood
Defender Cyrus Christie
Defender Richard Keogh
Defender/Centre back Shane Duffy
Defender/Midfielder David Meyler
Midfielder Aiden McGeady
Midfielder Stephen Quinn
Midfielder/Forward James McClean
Midfielder/Forward Jon Walters
Forward Robbie Keane
Forward Daryl Murphy