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2018 World Cup Qualifying - UEFA, Group Stage
  • Romelu Lukaku (13', 61')
  • Yannick Carrasco (81')

Romelu Lukaku brace leads Belgium past Cyprus

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Roberto Martinez's first competitive game in charge of Belgium ended in a 3-0 win over Cyprus.

The Everton striker stooped to head home the opener after Thomas Meunier's deflected effort came back off the crossbar, before nodding in his second when Cyprus goalkeeper Constantinos Panagi failed to keep hold of Yannick Carrasco's shot.

Winger Carrasco tapped in Eden Hazard's pass to put the result of the World Cup qualifier beyond doubt after Panagi had kept out Kevin De Bruyne's effort.

The away side wasted the chance for a fourth when Lukaku's replacement Michy Batshuayi saw his late penalty saved by Panayi after Hazard was brought down by Cyprus captain Constantinos Charalambidis.

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