Belgium defeated Finland 2-0 in St Petersburg on Monday to end their EURO 2020 group stage campaign on a high note.
Roberto Martinez’s men were played better. Romelu Lukaku tried to surprise with a header that goalkeeper Hradecky saved without problems.
Eden Hazard came close to scoring with a powerful close-range shot, but Hradecky prevented it.
In the 74th minute, Lukas Hradecky scored an unfortunate own goal. Vermaelen headed the ball (after a corner kick from De Bruyne), the ball bounced off the crossbar and then bounced off the goalkeeper’s body before completely crossing the goal line.
Seven minutes later, Kevin De Bruyne played a pass to Lukaku who, after an elegant control, scored his team’s second goal.
In the other Group B match, Denmark had a dream night and crushed Russia 4-1 in Copenhagen.
With this combination of results, Belgium finished top of the group with a perfect score (9 points) and a goal difference of +6. Denmark finished second with three points and a goal difference of +1.
Finland finished third with 3 points and a goal difference of -2, while Russia finished bottom with 3 points and a goal difference of -5.
In other results, Austria beat Ukraine 1-0 to qualify for the Round of 16 while the Netherlands defeated North Macedonia 3-0.