Belgium vs Russia Today Match LIVE Football Score 12/6/2021
Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne had sustained facial fractures in the Champions League final, and as a result, he had to undergo surgery. Martinez, too, is not fit enough for the match on Sunday. Chances of Eden Hazard being seen in this match are also quite less. Russian midfielder Dmitri Barinov had also sustained facial injuries in a match against Bulgaria. However, reports suggest that he is fine and will most likely be seen in the match against Belgium. Defender Fedor Kudryashov won’t be available for the match due to a calf issue.
The top national team in the world according to FIFA’s rankings, Belgium come into EURO 2020 eager to prove their class, having unexpectedly bowed out in the quarter-finals in 2016 against surprise package Wales. The Red Devils are unbeaten in seven games against Russia, but can expect no gifts from their hosts in St Petersburg.
Belgium definitely have the talent to win UEFA EURO 2020, let alone this game, but much could depend on how they adjust to the absences of some key players. Eden Hazard is unlikely to start, while Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel will not feature at all in Saint Petersburg as they nurse injuries back at Belgium’s base.
Russia are expected to take a cautious approach, which is seen as the only way to get something out of the opening game. After the 1-0 friendly win against Bulgaria, Stanislav Cherchesov promised his team would look physically sharper when EURO kicks off, and that will be crucial. At their best, Russia are a dangerous counterattacking side – and they will need to be at their best in Saint Petersburg.
Belgium are among the favourites for Euro 2020 as the Red Devils today kick off their bid for glory with a clash against Russia. Roberto Martinez’s side are currently ranked No1 in the FIFA world rankings, but that means they can no longer be considered dark horses to finally land a trophy. As for Russia, they head into this game as the underdogs, but will be determined not to lose in St Petersburg – and their impressive World Cup quarter-final run back in 2018 proves they should not be underestimated on home soil.