A 49th minute goal from Romelu Lukaku has given Belgium a 1-0 lead against the Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2016 clash in Bordeaux.

The Belgians worked the ball down the field well after a Robbie Brady freekick was cleared, with Kevin De Bruyne doing well on the right flank.

The Man City winger centred the ball to Lukaku, who was arriving late on the edge of the box, and the Everton striker made no mistake as he found the bottom left corner of Darren Randolph's net.

Axel Witsel header doubles Belgian lead

Axel Witsel doubled the Belgian lead on the hour mark as he rose unmarked to nod home a Thomas Meunier cross.

The Belgians had enjoyed a sustained period of possession in the Irish half before the ball was worked wide, where the Brugge full back whipped the ball into the box to the waiting Witsel.

Ten minutes later Lukaku put the game beyond all doubt.

Romelu Lukaku grabs his second as Belgium break well

Meunier turned the ball over on their own end line and broke quickly down the right, the same side both of their earlier goals came from.

He played it to Hazard, who cut in from the touchline at the heart of an exposed Irish defence that consisted of John O'Shea.

While the Chelsea man could have converted himself, he chose to pass to Lukaku, who had the simplest of chances from 12 yards out.

Game, set and match.

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