Romelu Lukaku proved to be one of the hottest strikers in the world with his brace as Belgium defeated Russia 3-0 at the Krestovsky Stadium.
Defensive blunders cost Russia, as Lukaku scored the opener just after 10 minutes. Halftime substitute, Thomas Meunier needed just 7 minutes as he doubled the Red Devils’ lead in the 34th minute. Belgium’s push for a third goal paid off late in the 88th minute as Meunier’s defence-splitting pass was hit first time by Lukaku to score his second goal and his country’s third.
Romelu Lukaku has been directly involved in 26 goals in his last 19 appearances for Belgium in all competitions, scoring 22 and assisting four. So much for a striker with a “poor first touch”.
At the end, Belgium, who are the highest-ranked team in the world, were just too good for their opposition, and they are now top of Group B, while Russia sit bottom of the table for now.