Chelsea FC youngster Romelu Lukaku scored a hat trick in a 5-1 win for Belgium against Luxembourg in a World Cup warm up friendly. The striker boosted his chances of being Belgium’s unquestioned starter at the position after Christian Benteke suffered an Achilles injury a few months ago. Lukaku opened the scoring in the third minute by finishing a move started by a Marouane Fellaini tackle at midfield. He made the correct run to give Fellaini the space he needed to operate and rounded the keeper and slotted home when given the chance.
Lukaku’s second was a scrappier effort and came after a bit of misfortune for the Luxembourg defense. Eden Hazard played a one-two with the striker but was dispossessed in the box but the clearance was scuffed and landed kindly for Lukaku who did well to finish past the Luxembourg keeper. His third was far more spectacular as it came at the end of a fine solo effort.
Lukaku received the ball at the top of the box, dribbled past three defenders and finished at the near post with his left foot. It was a display of the young striker’s technical ability as well as his killer instinct in and around the box. He was brought off in the 60th minute but had already done the damage and impressed his manager.
Lukaku downplayed the hat trick, his first for his national team, by saying that “it was a good performance” and that “what makes me happy is that we performed as a team”. This was the Red Devils’ first win in four matches but they won in style today and will look to build on the momentum before the World Cup. Belgium play Sweden on Sunday June 1st and Tunisia on June 7th in their warm-up games before the trip to Brazil, where they with face Algeria, Russia and South Korea in Group H.
For full highlights of the match, including Romelu Lukaku’s hat trick check out this video:
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