Belgium 3 – 0 Iceland | UEFA Nations League

Belgium 3 - 0 Iceland | UEFA Nations League

Belgium secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Iceland in their opener for the UEFA Nations League.

Belgium started their campaign with a terrific win against Iceland which marked their 16th win from their last 18 competitive matches.ย Iceland were chasing a first win in the competition after losing their League A opener against Switzerland on Saturday but ended up in a 0-3 loss against Belgium in their Nations League A, Group 2 clash in Reykjavik.

The Red Devils were in charge from the second Eden Hazard stuck in a 29th-minute penalty after Romelu Lukaku had been pulled down. The Manchester United forward managed to grab the other two on Tuesday night.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 29th minute as Belgium played their first competitive game since beating England in the third-place play-off at the World Cup 2018, before Lukaku, who had won the penalty, struck himself two minutes later.

Bustling forward Lukaku was bundled over by Sverrir Ingi Ingason and the referee immediately pointed to the spot, with Chelsea playmaker Hazard calmly sending Hannes Halldorsson the opposite way with the shot penalty.

Lukaku made it 2-0 to Belgium minutes later, shooting a close-range ball on the rebound that was decided to have crossed the line before Birkir Saevarsson managed to clear. The Manchester United striker then added a third 9 minutes from full time.

It was Belgium’s first game in the new competition and ended a run of 13 competitive matches unbeaten at home for Iceland, who were hammered 6-0 by Switzerland away in their opening Nations League game on Saturday. Iceland manager Erik Hamren has now lost his opening two games as a new manager, conceding 9 goals in the process, leaving the Nordic nation’s reputation for a miserly defense in tatters.

Hamren made three changes to the side that lost to the Swiss with Runar Sigurjonsson, Emil Hallfredsson and Hordur Magnusson coming in for Rurik Gislason, Gudlaugur Victor Palsson, and Bjorn Sigurdarson and his side looked much more solid in the opening minutes.

Belgium began with 9 of the players who started the World Cup third-place playoff win against England in Russia, with the injured Kevin De Bruyne replaced by Dries Mertens. Yet despite missing one of their central playmakers, there was no absence of creativity in the side.

Gylfi Sigurdsson had an early shot diverted as Iceland pushed forward, but once Belgium had taken a decisive 2-0 lead, the hosts strived to produce anything relating to a decent shot on goal.

In contrast, the Belgians poured forward, with Thomas Meunier hitting the bottom of the post midway through the second half, and Lukaku shooting a late one over the bar before driving the ball past Halldorsson to complete the match.

Romelo Lukaku – Talent His Passport Away From Poverty.

Romelu Lukaku

“I remember the exact moment,” he said. Romelo Lukaku could still picture the moment he knew his family was broke. ” I can still picture my mum at the refrigerator and the look on her face.” Lukaku was a six-year-old boy at that point, he had come home for his lunch break from school for his milk and bread and he saw his mom at the fridge with a box of milk just like normal, but this time she was mixing something with it. She served the boy his lunch and acted cool about it but the boy knew exactly what was going on, his mother mixed water in the milk. They didn’t have enough money to make it last the whole week. He realized then that they were not just poor, but broke.

19 years ago, this was Lukaku’s life. These days he could fill his bath with money if he wanted to but Lukaku hasn’t forgotten where he came from. After playing for top clubs like Chelsea and Everton, the Belgian goal scoring sensation now plays for Manchester United. His physique was god given. At the age of 11, he was so big and powerful that he used to carry his passport in his kitbag to show the parents and coaches of the rival teams that he wasn’t cheating. He was a natural in front of goal, but there have been millions of more talented striker’s who have never made it, but the pure unadulterated desire drove Lukaku to become the superstar he is today that would haul his parents out of the poverty they suffered. There were many players that were better than him, but none of them had the fire that burned inside him.

He said, “There were times when my mum had to borrow bread from the bakery down the street”. Lukaku knew they were struggling but never did he utter a word about it to his mum, instead he made a promise. ” I knew exactly what I had to do” Lukaku couldn’t see his mother living like that, he just couldn’t.

Every game he played was like a final. He made a promise that he would be an Anderlecht player by the age of 16, he missed it by 11 days but the boy had made it. Lukaku had made it right to the top of his profession.

He scored twice at the World cup on Monday, came running to the camera and said “Mama”. He hasn’t forgotten and the 200k Euros he earns at Manchester United hasn’t erased his memory.

He hasn’t forgotten going to school and nodding when his friends at school spoke about Zidane’s champions league final goal as if he had seen it. He hadn’t. They couldn’t afford a television.

He hasn’t forgotten the rats that roamed his house and his grandfather begging him to look after his daughter in a tearful phone call five days before he passed away.

This is what drives him. This is what might drive him towards the ultimate prize of them all, at least one would hope it does.

“I wish my grandfather was here to witness this… to see the life we have now. Your daughter is OK. No more rats in the apartment, no more sleeping on the floor and they don’t have to check the ID anymore. They know our name.”