The Red Devils confronted Russia twice in qualifying for the Euros since Belgium prevailed in its various 3-1 and 4-1 victories in 2019. Eden Hazard scored two goals at each one of the ties, however, the Real Madrid winger is expected to be on the seat for the opener because he continues to battle back against an injury-plagued year .
Hazard failed play 10 moments in Belgium's final friendly against Croatia a week, a 1-0 win thanks to a target from Romelu Lukaku. Belgium enters the Euros since the top-ranked team at the FIFA world rankings after suffering just 1 loss in its last 23 games, and is directed by back-to-back PFA Player of the Year winner Kevin De Bruyne, who's coming off operation to fix a fractured eye socket and is a doubt for its opener.
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Much like the 2018 World Cup at which it made a surprise run to the quarterfinals, Russia will play against the comforts of home because of its first two matches of the Euros from Belgium and Finland before going to Denmark because of the final group stage game.
The Russian side has dropped its last six matches against teams competing at the Euros and is going to have a significant job ahead of it to its opener from a Belgium team which directed Euro qualifying with 40 goals while only devoting three from 10 games.