Lukaku keeps on scoring for Belgium
Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini were both on the scoresheet for Belgium in their 3-0 victory over Egypt, screened live for MUTV viewers in the UK and Ireland.
The latest World Cup warm-up fixture for the Rode Duivels, who are favourites to win England's group when the tournament gets under way a week today (Thursday), enabled Roberto Martinez's side to show their quality against the African side, who were missing injured Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
Lukaku got the ball rolling with his 11th goal in his last eight internationals, a remarkable record, which has drawn praise from coach Roberto Martinez, who is delighted with the United striker's killer instinct.
When Eden Hazard's shot was spilled by Essam El Hadary, the Reds marksman pounced to plunder a simple tap-in and will soon end any doubt over his position as his country's all-time leading scorer.
At the age of 25, Lukaku has 31 goals to his name. According to some sources, he is level with Bernard Voorhoof and Paul van Himst, even if many, including the Belgian FA, already consider him to be at the top of the list with 34. This stems from a hat-trick Lukaku scored against Luxembourg in May 2014, only for FIFA to nullify the friendly when then coach Marc Wilmots made seven substitutions.
Fellaini was also among the goals against Egypt, claiming the third strike in stoppage time, following some fine work by Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi, after Hazard had added the second. Lukaku was withdrawn at the break, while Fellaini came on for the second half.
Belgium have one more warm-up clash to play - against Costa Rica in Brussels on Monday night, which kicks off at 19:45 BST. Again, the MUTV cameras will be showing the action live for UK and Ireland viewers.
Coach Martinez has stressed the importance of the fixture, against another World Cup finals qualifier - who have one of the world's best keepers, Real Madrid's Keylor Navas, between the posts.
“I don't think we are physically, tactically and mentally ready and that's why the Costa Rica game will be important,” said the former Wigan Athletic and Everton boss.
“I don't think our performance was perfect, far from it. There are many aspects that we need to improve. But what I like is that, when we make mistakes, we've got the togetherness to try to overcome them and I don't think we had that before and that's very pleasing.”