Romelu Lukaku forced Belgium team-mate Eden Hazard to eat his words at the weekend as heavily contributed to defeating Tunisia 5-2 in Group G of the 2018 World Cup.
Lukaku scored a clever brace in Belgium’s opener, a 3-0 win against Panama last week, but Hazard accused the striker of going missing throughout the match.
The Chelsea forward netted twice in Saturday’s mauling of Tunisia to ultimately secure Roberto Martinez’ side’s place in the round of sixteen and his club team-mate Michy Batshuayi got the fifth in the latter stages.
Who scored the two in between Hazard’s? Lukaku of course. Manchester United’s no. 9 bagged his second straight brace to go level with Cristiano Ronaldo on four goals as leaders of the golden boot race.
And after full-time, Hazard was much more complimentary about his attacking partner following what many considered as unnecessary public criticism just days prior.
“It’s easy to play with a player like him,” admitted the Chelsea star. “You pass the ball when he’s in front of you and he scores every time. He had a fantastic game and scored two goals – that’s what you want.”
Lukaku’s international scoring record now stands at 40 goals in 71 outings as he continues to extend his lead as Belgium’s all-time top goalscorer at the age of just 25.
He’s on just as fine form for club, scoring 27 goals in his debut season at Man United which gives supporters high hopes for the 2018-19 campaign where he is once again expected to be Jose Mourinho’s main man up front.
Lukaku’s goals in both of Belgium’s first two clashes also saw him become the first player since Diego Maradona for Argentina in 1986 to score two or more goals in back-to-back games at the World Cup.
He’ll be aiming to grab even more headlines as the tournament roles on through the summer, but he’s expected to be rested for the final Group H fixture against none other than England on Thursday.