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Euro 2020 | Belgium beat Finland to top Group B with perfect record
Belgium have topped Euro 2020 Group B with a perfect record after beating Finland 2-0 in St Petersburg in Russia.
Roberto Martinez' much-changed side took the lead through a 74th-minute Lucas Hradecky own goal at Saint Petersburg Stadium, before Romelu Lukaku made it 2-0 six minutes later.
Belgium have finished their Group B campaign with three wins from three, while defeat for Finland sees them finish third behind Denmark on goal difference after the Danes thumped Russia 4-1 in Copenhagen.
Belgium carved out a number of opportunities to take the lead in the first half, with Lukaku heading Kevin De Bruyne's brilliant cross straight at Hradecky and Jeremy Doku forcing the Finnish goalkeeper into an excellent diving save with a low curling shot.
Finland had their goalkeeper to thank once more in the 64th minute when Hradecky parried Eden Hazard's powerful low strike to safety as Belgium continued to push for a breakthrough goal.
A minute later, Inter Milan striker Lukaku dispatched a clinical finish into the bottom corner after being played through by De Bruyne, but his goal was ruled out for offside by VAR.
Belgium eventually made the pressure count in the 74th minute when Thomas Vermaelen's powerful header from De Bruyne's corner bounced on to the post before deflecting off Hradecky and into the Finland net.
The game began to open up as Finland were forced to push for an equaliser, but Belgium doubled their lead in the 81st minute.
De Bruyne rolled the ball into Lukaku in the box, allowing the 28-year-old to hold off a defender, spin and smash a low finish into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
Finland's negative goal difference and three-point tally gives them a very slim chance of qualifying as one of Euro 2020's best-placed third-place teams.