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Lukaku to rescue as Belgium salvages draw vs Czech Republic

Romelu Lukaku prolonged his spectacular scoring file with Belgium to salvage a 1-1 draw in opposition to Czech Republic of their World Cup qualifier on Saturday as FIFA’s top-ranked staff was fortunate to flee with some extent.

Dealing with an impressed Czech staff which hit the woodwork twice, Belgium struggled defensively and conceded early within the second half. Lukaku, Belgium’s all-time main scorer, then took his tally to 59 objectives in 91 worldwide matches after Kevin De Bruyne’s good help.

Each Belgium and Czech Republic had received their opening video games in Group E.

Enjoying with out Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Meunier and Thorgan Hazard — who weren’t approved to make the journey to Prague due to German quarantine guidelines — Belgium dominated possession in an entertaining first half however the hosts had the higher probabilities.

The Czechs missed 4 Bundesliga gamers due to the virus restrictions in Germany, together with their first-choice goalkeeper, nevertheless it didn’t present.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was compelled into a primary save within the 14th minute and ahead Michael Krmencík got here shut a couple of minutes later as he lower inside previous Jason Denayer and drove a exact left-footed shot solely to seek out the woodwork. The guests responded with a superb effort from Leander Dendoncker which was denied by Tomas Vaclík with a one-handed save.

The hosts deservedly took the lead within the 50th minute when Lukas Provod was given an excessive amount of house close to the world — with Dendoncker and Denayer each too sluggish to maneuver ahead — and he unleashed a long-range strike into the far nook.

Belgium was handed one other blow quickly after when Dries Mertens left the sphere injured. However the guests got here again into the sport following an impressed contribution from De Bruyne. Near the midway line, the Manchester Metropolis playmaker despatched an extended ball between two Czech gamers to seek out Lukaku close to the field. The Inter striker evaded his marker and located the web with a left-footed shot between Vaclik’s legs.

De Bruyne then missed the prospect to provide Belgium the lead when he hit the correct submit. The hosts continued to push till the very finish and had two massive probabilities earlier than the ultimate whistle — first with an effort from Jan Boril that completed on the crossbar after which a goal-bound header from Tomas Soucek which was thwarted by defender Toby Alderweireld.

Earlier, Belarus twice got here from behind to kick off its World Cup qualification marketing campaign with a 4-2 win over 10-man Estonia, which slumped to a second consecutive loss following a 6-2 rout by the hands of the Czechs midweek.

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