Lukaku’s 60th international goal hands Belgium 1-0 win over Croatia

Belgium wins 1-0 against Croatia in their last Euro friendly match with Romelu Lukaku’s 38th minute goal and a clean sheet for Courtois in Brussels.

Inter Milan striker Lukaku scored his 60th international goal with his right foot just before the half time after the Belgians won several rebounds in the box.

Started with Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Jason Denayer, Jan Vertonghen, Timothy Castagne, Youri Tielemams, Leander Dendoncker, Thorgan Hazard, Jeremy Doku, Romelu Lukaku and Yannick Carrasco. Captain Hazard comes as a substitute to play 10 minutes to boost his energy and have back the confidence of his team. He wanted to gain momentum so that he could play masterclass at the Euros. Veteran player came back for the international after 565 days since November 19, 2019. He still complains of some thigh problems and can’t be risked.

“Eden is almost ready in every aspect for tomorrow, not in the starting XI but on bench so that he gets into the rhythm of his first game”, said manager Robert Martinez.

Kevin De Bruyne didn’t even make it to the bench because of a fracture on his nose and left eye socket after a collision with Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea during Champions League final. Premier League top class midfielder would be unavailable for the match against Russia, their first Euro 2020 on June 12.

Croatia started with Dominik Livakovik, Sime Vrsaljko, Dejan Lovren, Duje Catleta-Car, Borna Barisic, Marcelo Brozovic, Ante Rebic, Mario Pasalic, Ivan Periodic, Andrej Kramaric and captain Luka Modric who played 61 minutes.

No team dominated in first half initial but goes in favour of Belgium after their 1-0 lead. Second half was controlled by the Bel Red Devils with all close shots found its way to Courtois the genius who ended the match with clean sheet for them.

Stadium had some fans in it for the game vs Croatia. “Amazing to have some fans in the stadium! 50 kids with autism attended tonight’s game”, Belgian Red Devils via Twitter.

Belgium will face Russia next on June 14 for their first group stage match.

 

 

 

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