Belgium v Russia LIVE commentary: The Red Devils begin quest for Euro glory and provide Kevin De Bruyne injury update


Belgium face Russia in their much-anticipated opener for the European Championship.

The Red Devils are heavy favourites to top Group B as they face Russia, Denmark and Finland.

Romelu Lukaku has got 17 goals in his last 14 appearances for Belgium

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Romelu Lukaku has got 17 goals in his last 14 appearances for Belgium

After finishing third place at the 2018 World Cup, Roberto Martinez’s men will believe they have a serious shot at winning the Euros. 

Belgains will be hoping their key players are in shape heading into the tournament.

Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard are both question marks as they attempt to return to full fitness ahead of their first match.

With Russia hoping they can steal a win against the group favourites this is bound to be a great match, talkSPORT will also be in attendance to keep you updated.

Roberto Martinez will have high expectations for his team this summer

Roberto Martinez will have high expectations for his team this summer

Belgium vs Russia: How to listen

This Group B tie will take place at 8pm on Sunday, June 12.

Full coverage from St Petersburg will be live on talkSPORT, with our pre-match build-up starting at 6pm.

Mark Saggers will be your host and commentary will come from Jim Proudfoot and Stuart Pearce.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

Here are the other ways to listen…

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Radio – talkSPORT is available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

TV – Listen to talkSPORT through your TV on the following channels: Sky: Channel 0108 Virgin Media: Channel 927 Freeview: Channel 723 Freesat: Channel 731

Belgium vs Russia: Squads

Belgium

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Matz Sels (Strasbourg)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Hertha Berlin), Timothy Castagne (Leicester), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Thomas Meunier (Dortmund), Thomas Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe), Jan Vertonghen (Benfica)

Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (İstanbul Başakşehir), Yannick Carrasco (Atlético Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolves), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Thorgan Hazard (Dortmund), Dennis Praet (Leicester), Youri Tielemans (Leicester), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Dortmund)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Jeremy Doku (Rennes), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Leandro Trossard (Brighton)

Russia

Goalkeepers: Yuri Dyupin (Rubin), Matvei Safonov (Krasnodar), Anton Shunin (Dinamo Moskva)

Defenders: Igor Diveev (CSKA Moskva), Georgi Dzhikiya (Spartak Moskva), Mário Fernandes (CSKA Moskva), Vyacheslav Karavaev (Zenit), Fedor Kudryashov (Antalyaspor), Andrei Semenov (Akhmat)

Midfielders: Dmitri Barinov (Lokomotiv Moskva), Denis Cheryshev (Valencia), Daniil Fomin (Dinamo Moskva), Aleksandr Golovin (Monaco), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit), Andrei Mostovoy (Zenit), Maksim Mukhin (CSKA Moskva), Magomed Ozdoev (Zenit), Rifat Zhemaletdinov (Lokomotiv Moskva), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moskva)

Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Zenit), Aleksei Ionov (Krasnodar), Denis Makarov (Rubin), Aleksei Miranchuk (Atalanta), Aleksandr Sobolev (Spartak Moskva), Anton Zabolotny (CSKA Moskva)

Kevin De Bruyne suffered an injury during the Champions League final

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Kevin De Bruyne suffered an injury during the Champions League final

Belgium v Russia: What’s been said?

Belgium gaffer Roberto Martinez gave an injury update on Kevin De Bruyne, saying: “He has joined the group and that’s fantastic news.

“He looks ready, he looks fresh and just for him walking into the dining room was a real highlight of the day.”

He went on to say: “He watched the Croatia game and he’s already in the mood of the team and is looking forward to slowly taking his own pace with the medical team.

‘But it makes a big difference when he’s with the players and is part of the group.”






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