Benteke took his tally of international goals to 12 for Belgium

A Christian Benteke double was not enough for Belgium as Russia staged a late comeback to draw their international friendly in Sochi.

Russia, World Cup hosts in 2018, led when Viktor Vasin side-footed home.

Everton’s Kevin Mirallas levelled for the visitors, who took a 3-1 lead into the break with two headers from Crystal Palace striker Benteke.

Aleksey Miranchuk pulled one back with 15 minutes to go before Aleksandr Bukharov’s 92nd-minute leveller.

Russia, who qualified for the World Cup automatically as hosts, have now won just one of their last five games, having suffered defeats by Costa Rica, Qatar and Ivory Coast in the last six months.

Belgium are top of their World Cup qualifying group at the halfway stage, but have now drawn three of their last four international matches.

Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, the Premier League’s top scorer, played the final 13 minutes for Belgium.

There were starts for Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet, Tottenham defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen and midfielder Mousa Dembele, while Chelsea forward Eden Hazard came on in the 85th minute.

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Match ends, Russia 3, Belgium 3.

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Second Half ends, Russia 3, Belgium 3.

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Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Belgium).

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Viktor Vasin (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Goal! Russia 3, Belgium 3. Aleksandr Bukharov (Russia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aleksandr Samedov with a cross.

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Attempt missed. Aleksandr Bukharov (Russia) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right.

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Substitution, Belgium. Dedryck Boyata replaces Thomas Vermaelen.

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Foul by Thorgan Hazard (Belgium).

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Igor Akinfeev (Russia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Attempt missed. Aleksandr Bukharov (Russia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Roman Zobnin.

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Attempt blocked. Denis Glushakov (Russia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandr Bukharov.

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Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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Foul by Thorgan Hazard (Belgium).

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Aleksey Miranchuk (Russia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Substitution, Belgium. Thorgan Hazard replaces Mousa Dembélé.

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Attempt missed. Yannick Carrasco (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

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Attempt saved. Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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Offside, Belgium. Yannick Carrasco tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

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Yannick Carrasco (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Foul by Roman Zobnin (Russia).

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Offside, Russia. Denis Glushakov tries a through ball, but Aleksandr Bukharov is caught offside.

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Substitution, Belgium. Yannick Carrasco replaces Nacer Chadli.

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Substitution, Belgium. Romelu Lukaku replaces Christian Benteke.

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Thomas Foket (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Denis Glushakov (Russia).

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Substitution, Russia. Denis Glushakov replaces Aleksandr Erokhin.

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Goal! Russia 2, Belgium 3. Aleksey Miranchuk (Russia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aleksandr Bukharov following a fast break.

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Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Aleksandr Erokhin (Russia).

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Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a cross following a corner.

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Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Dmitri Kombarov.

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Substitution, Russia. Aleksey Miranchuk replaces Magomed Ozdoev.

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Nacer Chadli (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Aleksandr Samedov (Russia).

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Offside, Russia. Aleksandr Erokhin tries a through ball, but Aleksandr Bukharov is caught offside.

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Foul by Thomas Foket (Belgium).

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Dmitri Kombarov (Russia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Substitution, Belgium. Dries Mertens replaces Kevin Mirallas.

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Substitution, Belgium. Axel Witsel replaces Youri Tielemans.

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Corner, Russia. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

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