Lukaku on the mark for Belgium

by | 29/03/2016  13 Comments  [Jump to last]

Romelu and Jordan Lukaku embrace after the striker headed home his brother's cross from the left-wing. FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
Romelu Lukaku was in the Belgium team that took on Portugal in the re-arranged match in Leiria and he scored only his second international goal since the World Cup.

The 22-year-old nodded home a perfect cross from his brother Jordan who had come on earlier as a substitute to halve the hosts' lead in the second half.

The Portuguese held on, however, to win the friendly 2-1 thanks to first-half strikes by Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo. Kevin Mirallas was an unused substitute.

The Lukaku brothers spoke of a special moment for them after the match, one they will always be able to look back on despite the unfavourable result.

"Since childhood, from playing on youth teams, we've obviously had a dream of a time like this," Romelu was quoted as saying. "We're happy to have achieved this moment despite the loss; we've shared a highlight between us.

"It was emotional. My ultimate dream is to play with my brother in the same club."

"This is a huge moment for our family," Jordan explained. "My mother and father are super proud, there certainly were many tears.

"We trained a lot all week to achieve this kind of movement, and now it has been rewarded in the game. Good! It was a beautiful moment. Unfortunately, we lost so it did not taste the same but it will remain an unforgettable moment."

Meanwhile, James McCarthy was handed a start by Martin O'Neill's for this evening's friendly against Slovakia.

The midfielder was the only Everton player in the Irish starting XI after Seamus Coleman and Aiden McGeady played against Switzerland. McGeady did come on with 17 minutes to go but couldn't influence the result.

Two penalties for Ireland had put them ahead after Miroslav Stoch had gven Slovakia the lead but a Paul McShane own goal on the stroke of half time ensured that the teams shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

Elsewhere, Muhamed Besic and Shani Tarshaj met briefly as the Swiss took on Bosnia-Herzegovina. Besic started the friendly in Zurich which the Bosnians' won 2-0 thanks to goals Edin Dzeko and Miralem Pjanic while Tarashaj again came on as a substitute with 18 minutes left.


Reader Comments (13)

Note: the following content is not moderated or vetted by the site owners at the time of submission. Comments are the responsibility of the poster. Disclaimer

Dave Pritchard
1 Posted 29/03/2016 at 22:36:32
Just looked at the line-ups on BBC and Rom started but there is another Lukaku on the bench. Anybody know who the new Lukaku is?
John Daley
2 Posted 29/03/2016 at 22:56:07
His brother. We were linked with him not so long ago.
Ian Jones
3 Posted 29/03/2016 at 22:59:11
Dave. He has got so fed up with his team mates not providing the correct service that he is playing in several positions. He provided the assist for his goal. However it's his brother.
Anthony Dwyer
4 Posted 29/03/2016 at 23:32:20
His brother is a left back, that's probably why we were linked with him. I'm sure you are well aware of how short we are in that department!
Matt Traynor
5 Posted 30/03/2016 at 07:01:48
Maybe we should sign him to keep Rom for a bit longer...
Colin Glassar
6 Posted 30/03/2016 at 08:30:59
So Rom can baby-sit him Matt? City tried to keep Yaya happy by signing Kolo but it didn't work out and it rarely does. The De Boer twins might be the exception.
Thomas Surgenor
7 Posted 30/03/2016 at 09:36:07
Colin, to add another example – didn't Chelsea have both Hazards?
Eric Holland
8 Posted 30/03/2016 at 09:58:41
Think we would keep Rom for a couple of seasons if we sign his brother.

Martin Nicholls
9 Posted 30/03/2016 at 10:02:22
Colin – I think you'll find that Kolo Toure was already at Man City when Yaya joined them.
James Stewart
10 Posted 30/03/2016 at 12:09:06
Love that Lukaku header for the Belgium goal. If only our players were allowed to cross the ball.
Dave Pritchard
11 Posted 30/03/2016 at 12:23:33
Cheers lads for the update on the other Lukaku. No doubt Daddy Lukaku will be offering the young one to Man Utd, Bayern, Barca etc soon.
Ian Glassey
12 Posted 30/03/2016 at 17:07:46
Needs a haircut... looks like a hippy!
Paul Kossoff
13 Posted 30/03/2016 at 18:24:10
Rumours Lukaku's agent is talking to clubs about him. One is supposedly Juventus, and Lukaku is reported to have told Everton he wants to go.

Add Your Comments

In order to post a comment, you need to be logged in as a registered user of the site.

» Log in now

Or Sign up as a ToffeeWeb Member — it's free, takes just a few minutes and will allow you to post your comments on articles and Talking Points submissions across the site.

About these ads

© ToffeeWeb