Romelu Lukaku sparked excitement amongst Manchester United supporters on Monday night after another phenomenal international performance helped Belgium end their 2018 World Cup preparations in style.
The Man United no. 9 scored not once, but twice to up his tally to 36 goals in 65 Belgium caps at the age of just 25 in the 4-1 victory over Costa Rica at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.
Costa Rica stunned the hosts to take an unlikely lead in the 24th minute before Lukaku got on the end of a pinpoint Dries Mertens – the scorer of the equaliser – delivery to power home an unstoppable volley from inside the box.
Lukaku doubled his tally and extended Belgium’s lead just five minutes after the restart, this time powerfully heading Nacer Chadli’s cross past the helpless Keylor Navas.
He doesn’t done there, and contributed to another goal later on in the match by assisting Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi before coming off with 25 minutes left.
It’s no secret that Lukaku is Roberto Martinez’ main man in terms of goals ahead of the World Cup in Russia this summer as Belgium face England, Tunisia and Panama in Group G.
After netting an impressive 27 goals in his debut season at Old Trafford, Lukaku goes into the tournament in fine form and will be looking to maintain his form all the way into the 2018-19 campaign.