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Wolves’ Dendoncker plays full part in Belgium win

Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker played the full 90 minutes as Belgium beat Russia as they began their road to Euro 2020 with a 3-1 victory over their Group I rivals tonight.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard scored twice for the World Cup semi-finalists to spare the blushes of former club-mate Thibaut Courtois.

Leicester’s Youri Tielemans’ low shot gave Belgium a 14th-minute lead.

Two minutes later goalkeeper Courtois gave the ball away under pressure from Artem Dzyuba and Denis Cheryshev slotted in.

But just before the break it was 2-1 when Hazard converted a penalty before he slotted in a late third.

Belgium are in Cyprus for their next qualifier, on Sunday.

Portuguese quartet Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Diogo Jota, Mexico’s Raul Jimenez and Romain Saiss (Morocco) are primed for action tomorrow (Friday).

Portugal begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a double-header in Lisbon against Ukraine, before facing Serbia on Monday.

Jimenez is also set to be in action, for the visit of Chile, in a friendly in California, the same US state in which they will host Paraguay on Tuesday.

Saiss faces Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Malawi tomorrow and the visit of Argentina on Tuesday.

Matt Doherty is expected to be involved in Mick McCarthy’s Ireland team in Gibraltar on Saturday, before they continue their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign at home to Georgia on Tuesday.