• Belgium's Euro 2016 up and running after comfortable win in Bordeaux
  • Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring early in second half with precise finish after swift Belgian counter-attack
  • Axel Witsel added second on the hour with a header from close range
  • Lukaku added his second with another cool finish after error from Ciaran Clark
  • Belgium move up to second in Group E behind Italy, who will now qualify as group winners
  • Ireland must beat Italy to stand any chance of reaching knock-out stages
  • Elsewhere, Iceland meet Hungary while Portugal take on Austria in Group F matches later today
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Belgium are up and running in this competition. A double from Romelu Lukaku either side of Axel Witsel's header was enough to sink Republic of Ireland, whose hopes of reaching the knockout stages now rest on them beating Italy next Wednesday. Even that might not be enough after shipping three in Bordeaux today.

There is plenty more Euro 2016 to look forward to today and you can join us for Iceland vs Hungary here.


Full time: Belgium 3-0 Republic of Ireland

Belgium beat Republic of Ireland in second group game. Getty

Belgium have been ruthless today and will deservedly take all three points. That turgid display against Italy suddenly seems a long time ago now.


Three minutes of time added on here. Hendrick digs out a shot that slams into the back of Brady.


Belgium have taken their foot off the pedal a bit here; Ireland are seeing more of the ball but they don't have the invention to craft anything of note.


Ireland win a free kick a good 30 yards out from goal. McClean stands over it and has a crack at goal, but it bounces harmlessly wide in front of Courtois.


De Bruyne has been outstanding this afternoon and now wants to add his name to the score sheet. He effortlessly turns past his man and tries his luck from range, but Randolph watches it all the way and saves.


Lukaku's afternoon is over, Christian Benteke is on for the final eight minutes.

Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku celebrates seconds goal against Ireland. Getty

Lukaku and Belgium have come alive in this game; they have torn through Ireland on the counter with the Everton striker notching two.


Robbie Keane has now entered the fray for the final 10 minutes, replacing Long who has not stopped working all afternoon.


As it stands, Italy will top Group E whatever happens in the final group games.


Belgium are stroking the ball around now, their job is done. Robbie Keane is currently warming up for Ireland.


Oh Ciaran Clark, why did you do that? The centre-half lunges into a needless slide challenge on the half way line when he needed to stand his ground. Hazard easily nips clear and races into acres of space and suddenly it is three on one with O'Shea the only Irish player back. Hazard opts to slip it into Lukaku and after a touch, he slots another one past Randolph.


Goal! Belgium 3-0 Republic of Ireland (Romelu Lukaku, 69)


McClean tries to force an Irish attack, tearing down the left flank and bursting clear past a few Belgian defenders. He curls a ball into the box but with only Long in there, it is easy for Courtois to collect.

Axel Witsel
Witsel doubles Belgian lead. Getty

Axel Witsel's header has doubled Belgium's lead Game over?


A change for both sides, Dries Mertens is onto replace Carraso for the Belgians while Martin O'Neill has decided to roll the dice, with McCarthy coming off for James McClean.


Belgium double their lead after another fine counter-attack. Meunier is freed in plenty of space down the right and he delivers an excellent cross into the six yard area. Witsel has also sprung away from his man with ease and despite Randolph's best efforts, nods into the back of the net.


Goal! Belgium 2-0 Republic of Ireland (Axel Witsel, 61)

Belgium score against Ireland

Belgium lead as we approach the hour mark.


Coleman scampers into space down the right and cuts the ball back to Hoolahan. He curls a ball into Long who is eased off the ball but it falls to Brady behind him. He can take the shot on first-time, but instead decides to take a touch, allowing Vertonghen to leap across and block.


Dembele looked to turn on his ankle there and his afternoon is over, Radja Nainggolan comes onto replace him.


Belgian fans howl in appeal as Ireland carry on with Dembele down injured. They had two or three chances to put the ball out of play themselves so there's no sympathy from the opposition.