Stand-in captain Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium acquired again to successful methods with a 2-1 away victory over Iceland within the Nations League on Wednesday. Lukaku opened the scoring inside 10 minutes and added a penalty earlier than halftime after Birkir Saevarsson had levelled for Iceland.
Belgium moved to the highest of the League A Group 2 standings following England’s defeat at residence to Denmark that dropped Gareth Southgate’s facet down to 3rd.
Iceland, who had misplaced all their earlier video games within the competitors, equalised inside eight minutes of Lukaku’s opener and full again Saevarsson had different possibilities in a sprightly efficiency.
The hosts have been with out coach Erik Hamren and his total backroom staff on the bench after an unnamed employees member contracted COVID-19.
Belgium, nevertheless, proved too highly effective and moved to 9 factors from their 4 video games within the group, two above Denmark and England.
Belgium’s 13-match unbeaten run ended on Sunday after they misplaced to England at Wembley and so they travelled to Iceland with an injury-depleted squad, lacking captain Eden Hazard and his deputy Kevin De Bruyne.
Lukaku proved an in a position alternative as he led from the entrance, utilizing his power to open the scoring within the ninth minute.
Toby Alderweireld lofted a cross from the midway line to him contained in the Iceland field and Lukaku was capable of shrug off two defenders as he chested the ball down, managed to get a fortunate bounce after which turned and powered it residence.
A defence-splitting cross from Runar Mar Sigurjonsson arrange the 35-year-old proper again Saevarsson for the equaliser on the finish of a neat transfer from the hosts.
John Dadi Bodvarsson may need given Iceland the lead 10 minutes later after Belgium have been dispossessed on the sting of their space however his effort was blocked.
Eight minutes earlier than halftime, Lukaku was hacked down by Holmar Eyjolfsson as he tried a shot from a good angle and as an alternative received a penalty, which he then transformed for his 55th worldwide purpose.