ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Romelu Lukaku delivered a heartfelt message to Denmark participant Christian Eriksen after scoring the primary of his two objectives in a 3-0 win over Russia on Saturday on the European Championship.
After swivelling to shoot into the underside nook within the tenth minute, Lukaku headed to a tv digicam and grabbed it with each fingers, saying “Chris, Chris, I really like you.”
Lukaku performs for Italian group Inter Milan alongside Eriksen, who wanted pressing medical remedy earlier than being taken to the hospital after collapsing on the sector throughout Denmark’s match towards Finland in Copenhagen earlier Saturday.
That led to the match in Denmark being suspended for about 90 minutes earlier than resuming and ending simply earlier than Belgium’s sport began in St. Petersburg. Eriksen was in a steady situation, UEFA mentioned.
Substitute Thomas Meunier added a second objective within the thirty fourth minute and Lukaku made it 3-0 within the 88th for top-ranked Belgium, which validated its standing as one of many favorites at Euro 2020 with a snug win in entrance of a closely pro-Russian crowd of 26,264 spectators.
Earlier than the sport, there have been loud jeers round Saint Petersburg Stadium after Belgium’s gamers took a knee earlier than kickoff. Loud music was performed whereas the gesture towards racism was happening however the boos had been nonetheless audible.
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