MX23RW : Saturday, January 19 00:56:58
Jun 1, 2016 at 7.45pm UK
Belgium
1-1
Finland
Lukaku (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Romelu Lukaku rescues draw for Belgium against Finland

Belgium need an 89th-minute goal from Romelu Lukaku to rescue a 1-1 draw from their Euro 2016 warm-up match against Finland in Brussels.

Romelu Lukaku scored an 89th-minute equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw for Belgium in their Euro 2016 warm-up match against Finland this evening.

The visitors took a surprise lead through Kasper Hamalainen in Brussels, but Lukaku came off the bench to ensure that the number two ranked national team in the world at least avoided defeat.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring during the international friendly between Belgium and Finland on June 1, 2016© AFP

The hosts named a strong starting XI for the match and made a quick start too, with Michy Batshuayi and Kevin De Bruyne both threatening the Finland goal inside the opening 10 minutes.

Much of Belgium's attacking threat in the first half came from Jan Vertonghen, though, with the Tottenham Hotspur defender testing Lukas Hradecky on a couple of occasions, including one free kick that brought a fine stop from the visiting keeper.

Hradecky was by far the busier of the two shot-stoppers in the opening 45 minutes, and he was called into action again towards the end of the half to deny Marouane Fellaini's powerful header from De Bruyne's corner.

Belgium did finally find a way past the keeper with five minutes of the half remaining, but this time the woodwork came to Finland's rescue as Batshuayi's header came back off the upright.

Michy Batshuayi reacts to a missed chance during the international friendly between Belgium and Finland on June 1, 2016© AFP

Batshuayi sent another header off target five minutes into the second half, but despite Belgium's dominance it was Finland who took the lead shortly afterwards when Hamalainen scored against the run of play.

The hosts were straight back on the offensive, though, and began to pepper the Finland goal with shots around the hour mark as Toby Alderweireld, Dries Mertens and Fellaini all came close on a couple of occasions each.

Christian Benteke was the next to threaten with just over 15 minutes remaining, but the Liverpool striker failed to level things up having been found by Vertonghen at the back post.

Belgium did finally restore parity in the final minute of normal time, though, as Lukaku rescued a draw with his 14th goal for his country to make it just one defeat in eight games for the Red Devils.

Marc Wilmots's side will next face Norway in their final warm-up game on Sunday before beginning their Euro 2016 campaign against Italy on June 13.

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