In his first match as captain of the Red Devils, Romelu Lukaku (27) led the Belgians to first place in the Nations League again. The B-Devils could not charm national coach Roberto Martinez. The one-man army Lukaku did it all alone in Iceland. Belgium remains in first place of the FIFA list for the time being.
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“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” In his snow-white outfit, the captain’s band strapped to his biceps, Romelu Lukaku never came closer to Mohammed Ali, one of his many sports heroes. With two punches, he knocked out Iceland in a match that once again put Belgium in the lead of the Nations League. First, he turned away from three Icelandic defenders to score the 0-1, after Saevarsson’s Icelandic equalizer, he forced a penalty that he converted himself. His 54th and 55th goal for Belgium made the difference between the number 1 and the number 41 in the world.
With his beard trimmed under the chin, Lukaku paid homage to another hero. LeBron James. The inspirational bundle of muscles helped Lukaku’s favorite Los Angeles Lakers basketball team win the NBA title this week. It’s no coincidence, just as Big Rom sees every match as an opportunity to shine. There are no small competitions for the top scorer in Belgium. He was the only Belgian to play at an international level for ninety minutes.
And so Roberto Martinez’s one-man army rolled up the Icelandic opposition. National coach-for-one-day Arnar Vidarsson had sent his troops into the field without fear. Even after Lukaku’s 0-1, the home team tried to make the best of it. In front of sixty fans, Runar Sigurjonsson found Saevarsson, who had joined the team. Iceland’s 35-year-old right back, active in their own league in Reykjavik, must have heard national coach Erik Hamren, or from Gretarsson ?, that Yannick Carrasco is not the best defender of the Belgians. The Atlético player let his man walk in his back and could only watch him give the Devils a lead for the second game in a row.
Gift from Ejyolfsson
National coach Roberto Martinez had chosen to put Yannick Carrasco back in the position of “wingback”. The Spanish-Portuguese Belgian had nevertheless been in the better position for Eden Hazard in the match in Wembley. But this time Martinez wanted to give Jérémy Doku (left) and Leandro Trossard (right) chances in the “pocket” positions next to Romelu Lukaku. Doku did his best, Trossard disappointed.
The Red Devils had the ball but leaned unilaterally on Lukaku to be dangerous. The opening goal was significant. Toby Alderweireld sent one of his remote-guided long balls into Lukaku’s feet, the occasional captain did the rest. The other Belgians did not have to do much with the penalty goal either. It was Holmar Ejyolfsson who assisted the goal by going very awkwardly at Lukaku.
The Belgians sometimes failed defensively. Bodvarsson, active in the daily striker at Milwall, was offered a free shooting opportunity. The 1-2 halftime score was deserved, but the B-Devils could not forget the many absentees from the A-team – brothers Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens… -.
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.”
In the second half, the Devils lowered the pace. They played on control, without giving the opponent great chances. Martinez took his pockets to the side and put Carrasco up one row again. Hans Vanaken was also allowed to try higher. Against the Ivory Coast he charmed at number 8, in Iceland he convinced as one of the two 10’s. He was one of the few who tried to bring Romelu Lukaku into position with a cross.
Favorable result in England
Due to the favorable result in Wembley – Denmark beat England 0-1 – the Red Devils have regained the lead of their group. Exactly in a month, on November 15, Belgium and England will play a direct duel for first place in the Heysel. “The Three Lions” miss Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, who took two yellow cards against Denmark. It remains to be seen whether that is an advantage or a disadvantage for the English.
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