Lukaku stars as Belgium win in Iceland

Rex Christensen
September 14, 2018

Belgium boss Martinez is confident he is bringing the best out of Lukaku in a Belgium shirt.

Romelu Lukaku was on target twice as Belgium cruised to a 3-0 win over Iceland in the World Cup semi-finalists' Nations League opener on Tuesday.

While Belgium was not wholly convincing, its lead never looked threatened and it spent the second half on the front foot, chasing a further goal that eventually arrived through Lukaku again.

Roberto Martinez's side move level on three points with Switzerland, who demolished Iceland 6-0 in St Gallen on Saturday.

Lukaku was bundled over by Sverrir Ingi Ingason in the box for a penalty that Chelsea midfielder Hazard converted to open the scoring.

Belgium quickly doubled its advantage.

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He then got himself on the scoresheet two minutes later by following up a rebound after a powerful Vincent Kompany header was pawed into his path by Halldorsson. The same man struck the foot of the post shortly afterwards.

Iceland went close to reducing the deficit after 70 minutes, but Gylfi Sigurdsson's effort from distance forced goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into a superb save.

After reaching the last four in Russia, Belgium will no doubt see this as a competition they can win.

Captain Hazard caused Iceland problems out wide, but it was Lukaku's pace, power and movement that the hosts really could not handle.

Lukaku continued his impressive streak of scoring almost a goal a game for Belgium in the past 12 months.

After playing his part in that goal, Lukaku made a decision to take matters into his own hands as after Vincent Kompany saw his header saved, his compatriot was on hand to pounce as his effort crossed the line before it was cleared away, as seen in the video below.

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