Romelu Lukaku’s double ensured Belgium’s 3-0 victory over Russia to open their European Championship campaign on Saturday.

ESPN reports that after Lukaku opened the scoring, the Belgian ran to the pitchside camera and said, “Chris, Chris, I love you” in tribute to Internazionale teammate Christian Eriksen, who collapsed on the pitch and was stretchered off during Denmark’s match against Finland earlier in the day.

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Lukaku said that the situation of Eriksen had left him in tears before the game.

“I cried a lot because I was scared, obviously,” Lukaku said. “You live strong moments together. I spent more time with him than with my family. My thoughts are with him, his girlfriend, his two kids, and his family.

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“I enjoyed the game, but for me, it was difficult to play because my mind was with Christian. I hope he is healthy and I dedicate this performance to him.”

Belgium then went two up in the 34th minute after a defensive lapse from Russia allowed Thomas Meunier to pounce on a loose ball and fire home to stake Roberto Martinez’s side to a comfortable lead at half-time.

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Russia tried in vain to get back into the match in the second half and Lukaku put matters to bed just before full-time with another goal to give Belgium all three points and put them in top spot of Group B.