Lukaku hammers double as Belgium trounces Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland - Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as World Cup semifinalists Belgium began its Nations League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Iceland on Tuesday.
Eden Hazard converted a 29th-minute penalty after a foul on Lukaku, with the Manchester United striker netting a quick-fire second before adding a third in the closing stages.
Lukaku, also on the mark in Friday's 4-0 friendly defeat of Scotland, was brought down by a clumsy tackle from Sverrir Ingason and Hazard rolled the resulting spot-kick to the left of Hannes Halldorsson.
He then got himself on the scoresheet two minutes later by following up a rebound after a powerful Vincent Kompany header was pawed into his path by Halldorsson.
Thomas Meunier struck the outside of the post on the hour, although Belgium ultimately transformed their dominance into a third with nine minutes to play as Lukaku slotted away a fizzing cross from Dries Mertens. Roberto Martinez's side move level on three points with Switzerland, who demolished Iceland 6-0 in St Gallen on Saturday.
Other results: League B: Group 3: Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 Austria 0; League C: Group 2: Finland 1 Estonia 0, Hungary 2 Greece 1; League D: Group 2: Moldova 0 Belarus 0, San Marino 0 Luxembourg 3.
Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (centre) celebrates after scoring against Iceland during their Nations League game