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Brussels metro tunnel lit up in support of Red Devils before third Euros win

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku and Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne celebrate a goal during the game between Finland and Belgium's Red Devils, the third game in the group stage (group B) of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, on Monday 21 June 2021 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM)
05:54 22/06/2021

‎On the day that the walls of the metro tunnel between the Parc and Arts-Loi stations in Brussels were lit up in red in support of the Belgium national football team, the Red Devils secured their place in the knockout stages of the European Championships with victory over Finland on Monday night.

Just a few hours before Belgium’s 2-0 win in Saint Petersburg, the Stib flicked the switch on the light installation in the connecting tunnel as part of the capital’s campaign to encourage Brussels residents to bring the city back to life after months of restrictions.

With life tentatively returning to some kind of normality after consecutive coronavirus-enforced shutdown, Brussels is using actions such as the light show to ignite a sense of togetherness amongst its citizens.

And Robert Martinez’s team is also doing their part by getting the whole country to dream of success after three wins out of three at Euro 2021.

A late own goal by Finnish keeper Lukas Hradecky, and a second drilled in by Romelu Lukaku saw Belgium overcome an obstinate Finland team who slipped from second in Group B to third and who must now wait to see whether they qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams.

Belgium, however, storm into the next round as group winners. The world's number-one ranked side will play one of the third-place finishers in Seville on 27 June. After suffering just one defeat in their last 26 matches, the Red Devils will fear no one as the tournament heats up.

Written by Nick Amies