Lukaku breaks Belgium record against Tunisia

28 June, 2018, 15:45 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Martinez happy to be 'boring Belgium'

Courtois is now at the World Cup in Russian Federation. Or it could be a battle of B teams.

After his hat trick against Panama, Kane is the World Cup's top scorer with five goals. Hazard, De Bruyne and Mertens provide fleet-footed brilliance in build-up play but it is Lukaku who makes it all come together excellently.

If he ends up notching the victor against England on Thursday evening though, it will be fair to assume United's media team will probably not be so forthcoming with their praise.

"(Romelu) will try to score as many goals as he can but not at all costs", he said.

"I never thought of scoring twice at the World Cup" Stones said. That's the most important thing.

How far will Lukaku and Belgium go in this tournament?

Martinez has hinted he will rest United's Romelu Lukaku and perhaps even Chelsea play-maker Eden Hazard, as they are both carrying minor injuries.

In the lead-up to the match, Lukaku had spoken of the pressure he felt in 2014 and said he planned to adopt a more carefree attitude in Russian Federation. "I don't know how we would go into a game not wanting to win and not wanting to play well". Now we're just trying to enjoy it. "Ever since we were drawn in this group we knew Belgium were going to be a tough opponent", said the 56-year-old Maaloul.


"This might be the last tournament for our generation because a few players are going to retire so we're playing for them and trying to leave a bit of history", Lukaku told BBC Radio 5 live.

"The reason we spent the biggest amount of money for Everton was because we saw the outstanding quality of his finishing, not because he was the finished article, not because he was a player who could give you something other than scoring goals".

Alderweireld, for one, doesn't feel like sitting out a match.

In an emotional and open interview last week with the Players' Tribune, Lukaku accepted "some people in my own country want to see me fail".

"I'd love to have a good battle with him again". "I will see how I feel tonight and tomorrow with the medical staff".

England and Belgium have identical records and goal tallies heading into their group decider, so a draw in Kaliningrad would have Federation Internationale de Football Association consulting its tiebreaker rules to determine the group victor.

Whoever wins the group could possibly face defending champion Germany or Neymar and Brazil in the quarterfinals. Just a talking point at this stage between two teams with identical records at the top of Group G.

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