Hazard scores twice to bail Courtois in Belgium win

Eden Hazard scored twice to help Belgium beat Russia 3-1 in Euro 2020 qualifiers
Eden Hazard scored twice to help Belgium beat Russia 3-1 in Euro 2020 qualifiers

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.

But just before the break it was 2-1 when Hazard converted a penalty before he slotted in a late third.

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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.

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