Roy Keane: 'We should give Belgium a bye to the quarters or semis!'

‘We should give Belgium a bye to the quarters or semi-finals!’: Roy Keane hails Roberto Martinez’s side and backs them for easy ride to latter stages of Euro 2020 after win over Russia

  • Roy Keane believes Belgium will cruise into the latter stages of Euro 2020
  • Roberto Martinez’s side eased to a 3-0 win over Russia in their first match
  • Romelu Lukaku scored twice and dedicated his opener to Christian Eriksen
  • Patrick Vieira still feels Belgium have to prove themselves defensively 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.

Roy Keane was full of praise for Belgium after their 3-0 win over Russia and believes Roberto Martinez’s side will cruise through to the latter stages of Euro 2020.

Romelu Lukaku opened and closed the scoring, with Thomas Meunier netting in between, as the number one ranked side in the world put Russia to the sword in St Petersburg.

Belgium next face Denmark on Thursday before finishing the group stages against Finland, and Keane is confident there is little to trip them up in the early rounds of the tournament. 

Roy Keane hailed Belgium and backed Roberto Martinez’s side for a deep run at Euro 2020

Belgium cruised past Russia in St Petersburg to win 3-0 with Romelu Lukaku scoring twice

‘We mentioned about question marks about Belgium’s back three but they’ve done this every game,’ Keane said on ITV.

‘We should give them a bye to the quarters or the semi-finals. When I look at Belgium, particularly going forward, quality is the word that springs to mind.’

Russia managed just five shots in the match, and even without the injured Kevin De Bruyne Belgium were by far the better side throughout.

Patrick Vieira still feels Belgium have questions to answer about their defensive ability

However, Patrick Vieira felt there was very little to take from the performance as Belgium’s biggest weakness was not put under pressure.  

‘We didn’t get so many answers about the Belgium team tonight,’ Vieira said.

‘They’ve got a striker who scores a lot of goals. The question was ‘can they defend well’ and we didn’t get the answer.’

Lukaku’s brace means he has now been directly involved in 26 goals in his last 19 appearances for Belgium, with 22 of those goals he has scored himself.

Lukaku’s brace took him to 62 goals for Belgium and he dedicated the first to Christian Eriksen

The 28-year-old, who dedicated his first goal to Christian Eriksen, has netted 62 times for his country, and Ian Wright believes the striker is good enough to help Belgium finally live up to expectations. 

‘Lukaku has got a team where everything funnels through him, Wright said.

‘When you get the kind of time on the ball that Russia gave to Belgium today, you’re going to get chances to score.

‘The potential is limitless with Belgium. We’ve seen what they’ve got going forwards and what they’ve got coming back. When we see a better team they will be tested.’

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