Chelsea’s Eden Hazard scored twice to spare the blushes of Thibaut Courtois as Belgium began their road to Euro 2020 with a 3-1 victory over Group I rivals Russia.
Leicester’s Youri Tielemans’ low shot gave Belgium a 14th-minute lead.
Two minutes later keeper Courtois gave the ball away under pressure from Artem Dzyuba and Denis Cheryshev slotted in.
Courtois howler vs Russia 😂
He should have never left, what a horrendous season he’s having! #CFC
— CFC-Blues.com (@CFCBlues_com) March 21, 2019
But just before the break it was 2-1 when Hazard converted a penalty before he slotted in a late third.
The World Cup semi-finalists are in Cyprus for their next qualifier on Sunday.
Russia travel to neighbours Kazakhstan, who embarrassed Scotland 3-0 earlier.
Elsewhere in Group I, Cyprus thrashed fellow minnows San Marino 5-0.