De Bruyne and Tielemans sink Romania to get Belgium back on track

Belgium marmalised Romania to kickstart their European Championship. Saturday night was alright for a fightback, and in front of a raucous crowd they turned the mood of their campaign entirely on its head.

After a week of public utterances that suggested he was happy with the way his team had played against Slovakia, and insisting “losing has changed nothing in our mind”, Domenico Tedesco made four changes, refreshing every area of the field. It took all of 73 seconds to register the difference as Youri Tielemans, in for Orel Mangala, finished off a sweeping Belgium move to open the scoring.

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