Belgium 3-0 Czech Republic: Romelu Lukaku scores on his 100th cap to help Roberto Martinez’ World No 1-ranked side ease past the visitors to stay top of Group E in World Cup qualifying
- Romelu Lukaku gave the top-ranked global side the lead after just eight minutes
- Real Madrid star Eden Hazard then doubled the advantage just before half-time
- Substitute Alexis Saelemaekers rounded off a comfortable 3-0 win in Brussels
Romelu Lukaku’s early goal on his 100th cap helped Belgium ease past the Czech Republic 3-0 at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Sunday evening.
New Chelsea signing Lukaku gave Roberto Martinez’ side the lead after just eight minutes, before Eden Hazard doubled the advantage four minutes before half-time, both goals set up by Hans Vanaken.
Substitute Alexis Saelemaekers put the cherry on the cake shortly after coming on, giving Roberto Martinez’ side, ranked first in the world, a six-point lead at the top of World Cup qualifying Group E.
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Romelu Lukaku (pictured) scored on his 100th cap to help Belgium beat Czech Republic 3-0
The new £97.5million Chelsea signing scored after just eight minutes in Brussels on Sunday
Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard then doubled his side’s advantage four minutes before the interval
Substitute Alexis Saelemaekers (centre) made it three shortly after coming on as a substitute
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was all smiles as his side went six clear at the top of Group E
Belgium (3-4-3): Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen; Castagne, Tielemans (Dendoncker 81), Witsel, Carrasco (Saelemaekers 57); Vanaken (Lukebakio 81), Lukaku (Batshuayi 81), E Hazard (Trossard 73).
Substitutes not used: Sels, Casteels; Boyata, Foket, Praet, Benteke, Vanheusden.
Goals: Lukaku 8, Hazard 41, Saelemaekers 65.
Yellow cards: Vertonghen 19, Witsel 71, Lukaku 76.
Manager: Roberto Martinez.
Czech Republic (4-2-3-1): Vaclik (Stanek 14); Coufal, Kasa, Kalas, Mateju; Soucek, Holes; Pesek (Zmrhal 66), Barak (Kral 76), Hlozek (Wiesner 77); Vydra (Tecl 66).
Substitutes not used: Nguyen; Sacek, Havel, Dolezal, Sadilek, Jemelka.
Yellow cards: Barak 21.
Manager: Jaroslav Silhavy.
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