Romelu Lukaku scored twice, either side of an Axel Witsel strike, as Belgium beat Republic of Ireland 3-0 in Bordeaux.

It was the perfect way for Marc Wilmot’s side to respond after the head coach was on the receiving end of severe criticism from both his players and fans after their 2-0 defeat to Italy.

Belgium controlled the first-half but failed to carve out a clear-cut chance.Chelsea’s under-fire Eden Hazard came closest to scoring but somehow sent a half-volley over the bar from inside the penalty area.

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Group E

Played Won Draw Lost For Against Goal difference Points
ITALY
2 2 0 0 3 0 3 6
BELGIUM
2 1 0 1 3 2 1 3
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
2 0 1 1 1 4 -3 1
SWEDEN
2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
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