UEFA Nations League: Romelu Lukaku nets twice as Belgium begin campaign with comfortable win over Iceland

Reykjavik: Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as World Cup semi-finalists Belgium began their Nations League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Iceland on Tuesday.

Eden Hazard converted a 29th-minute penalty after a foul on Lukaku, with the Manchester United striker netting a quick-fire second before adding a third in the closing stages.

Belgum's Romelu Lukaku (9), right, tries to get the ball past Iceland's Runar Már Sigurjonsson (16), left, and Ragnar Sigurdsson (6), right, during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Iceland and Belgium at Laugardalsvollur stadium in Reykjavik, Iceland, Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynjar Gunnarsson)

Romelu Lukaku scored twice to help Belgium beat Iceland 2-0. AP/Brynjar Gunnarsson

Lukaku, also on the mark in Friday's 4-0 friendly defeat of Scotland, was brought down by a clumsy tackle from Sverrir Ingason and Hazard rolled the resulting spot-kick to the left of Hannes Halldorsson.

He then got himself on the scoresheet two minutes later by following up a rebound after a powerful Vincent Kompany header was pawed into his path by Halldorsson.

Thomas Meunier struck the outside of the post on the hour, although Belgium ultimately transformed their dominance into a third with nine minutes to play as Lukaku slotted away a fizzing cross from Dries Mertens.

Roberto Martinez's side move level on three points with Switzerland, who demolished Iceland 6-0 in St Gallen on Saturday.


Updated Date: Sep 12, 2018 09:26 AM

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