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This Monday, Belgium beat Finland, 2-0, and remained undefeated in group B.
In St. Petersburg, against Belgium with the already guaranteed first place and with Jan Vertonghen, central defender of Benfica, on the bench, the field of play belonged to Roberto Martínez’s selection, but the first goal came only at 74’. After Kevin de Bruyne’s corner kick, Vermaelen headed in, the ball hitting the crossbar and then Lukas Hradecky, with the Finnish goalkeeper putting the ball into his own goal. On 81’, Romelu Lukaku, who had already seen the VAR cancel a goal, sealed the final 2-0 with a half-round shot.
In the round of 16, Belgium will play on the 27th, in Seville, with the third-placed group A, D, E or F. Despite the defeat, the Finns still have a tenuous hope of qualifying as one of the best third-placed , something that will happen if Portugal lose by at least four goals to France and Croatia draw with Scotland.