Lukaku gives Bel­gium 1-0 win over Ja­pan in friendly

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Romelu Lukaku turned into Bel­gium's sav­ior again and be­came the na­tion's all-time top scorer as he headed home for a 1-0 vic­tory over Ja­pan in a friendly on Tues­day.

A game be­tween two teams bound for next year's World Cup was de­cided in the 72nd minute, when Nacer Chadli weaved through the Ja­pan de­fense and lobbed the ball into the goal­mouth for Lukaku to head it over the goalline.

It was Lukaku's 31st goal for Bel­gium and he be­came top scorer at age 24.

Lukaku was al­ready in­stru­men­tal in qual­i­fy­ing Bel­gium for Rus­sia and also scored a brace last week­end in a 3-3 draw with Mex­ico.

Bel­gium fielded a lot of sec­ond-string play­ers seek­ing to make a be­lated im­pres­sion on coach Roberto Martinez.

Mean­while, Ger­many's Lars Stindl scored a last-gasp equaliser to res­cue a 2-2 draw against France in a friendly on Tues­day as the world cham­pi­ons stretched their un­beaten run to 21 matches.

France twice led through Alexan­dre La­cazette, who net­ted ei­ther side of Timo Werner's lev­eller, and looked set to tri­umph as they had in Ger­many's last de­feat in a Euro 2016 semi­fi­nal.

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