Despite Belgium ending on the losing side, Romelu Lukaku was once again, produced standout performer for the Red Devils in the semi-final of the Nations League competitions against France at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy on Thursday evening.
The 28-year-old experienced striker showcased series of impressive display in front of goal, as he netted two sensational goal, which one of them disallowed due to offside.
After Yannick Carrasco had given Roberto Martinez’s men the lead, Lukaku then turned away from Lucas Hernandez with a clever dummy before beating Lloris from a tight angle with a powerful right-footed shot.
The experienced striker, who held the ball smartly to bring his team-mates into the game, nearly made it 3-2 in Belgium’s favour in the 86th minute, but he unfortunately strayed offside by the slimmest of margins that proved costly in the end.
Lukaku, who also playing as many as three key passes, becomes the first European player to score 68 goals for a International team before the age of 29 since Gerd Müller in 1974.
And despite Belgium ending on the losing side, some Chelsea fans were delighted with the showing of Lukaku, who has recently gone on a goalless run at club level.
The powerful frontman had been struggled in front of goal for the Blues, with no goals in four outings but will surely be hoping to get his club form back on track sooner rather than later.
Romelu Lukaku vs France last night:
- 90 minutes played
- 83.3% pass accuracy
- 25 accurate passes
- 3 key passes
- 2/2 aerial duels won
- 2 shots [2 on target]
- 1 goal