Under-strength Belgium held by Greece in Euro warm-up


Belgium has been held to a 1-1 draw against Greece in the international friendly match between the two nations.

A Belgium side missing many of the stars which have helped them rise to the highest of FIFA’s world rankings have been held 1-1 by Greece in a Euro 2020 warm-up on Thursday.

For his first friendly forward of the delayed event starting on June 11 coach Roberto Martinez was without injured trio Kevin De Bruyne (facial fractures), Eden Hazard (thigh), and Axel Witsel (Achilles).

The previous Everton boss also selected to provide the evening off to Thibaut Courtois (with Simon Mignolet in purpose), and Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen in defense.

Those that have been in Brussels had the prospect to press their case for a spot in Martinez’s lineup for his or her June 12 opener in opposition to Russia.

Like Hazard’s youthful brother Thorgan, who began and equipped the completion to the transfer that put Belgium into a 20th-minute lead after Romelu Lukaku was denied at level clean vary by Greek goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimosv.

Georgios Tzavellas leveled for the unscripted winners of Euro 2004 halfway by the second half, tapping in Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ diving header which hit the woodwork.

Martinez might be looking for a sharper performance within the Purple Devil’s second friendly in opposition to Croatia on Sunday.

Belgium romped by to the finals as group winners with a 40-goal haul.

After their Group B opener in Saint Petersburg,, they go on to face Denmark and Finland.

In different warm-ups involving finalists for the delayed tournament, Switzerland dished out a 7-0 drubbing to Lichtenstein, with Mario Gavranovic grabbing a hat-trick.

The Swiss are in Group A with Italy, Wales, and Turkey who have been additionally in motion, seeing off Moldova 2-0.

Ukraine, drawn in Group C, edged Northern Eire 1-0.

Elsewhere the Republic of Eire came again from a surprise goal down in Andorra to win 4-1.

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