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Lukaku powers Belgium back to winning ways against Iceland

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Stand-in captain Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium got back to winning ways with a 2-1 away victory over Iceland in the European Nations League on Wednesday.

Lukaku opened scored his first goal inside 10 minutes and added a penalty before halftime, after Birkir Saevarsson had levelled for Iceland.

Belgium moved to the top of the League A Group 2 standings, following England’s defeat at home to Denmark that dropped Gareth Southgate’s side to third place.

Iceland, who had lost all their previous games in the competition, equalised within eight minutes of Lukaku’s opener and full back Saevarsson had other chances in a sprightly performance.

The hosts were without coach Erik Hamren and his entire backroom team on the bench, after an unnamed staff member contracted COVID-19.

Belgium, however, proved too powerful and moved to nine points from their four games in the group, two above Denmark and England.

Belgium’s 13-match unbeaten run ended on Sunday when they lost to England at Wembley and they travelled to Iceland with an injury-depleted squad, missing captain Eden Hazard and his deputy, Kevin De Bruyne.

Lukaku proved an able replacement, as he led from the front, using his strength.

A defence-splitting pass from Runar Mar Sigurjonsson set up the 35-year-old right back, Saevarsson, for the equaliser, at the end of a neat move from the hosts.

John Dadi Bodvarsson would have given Iceland the lead 10 minutes later, after Belgium were dispossessed on the edge of their area but his effort was blocked.

Eight minutes before halftime, Lukaku was hacked down by Holmar Eyjolfsson, as he attempted a shot from a tight angle and instead won a penalty, which he then converted for his 55th international goal.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Vincent Obi
Source: NAN

 

 

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