‘Nice to meet you, Lindelof’ Lukaku starts revival with A-match hat-trick

Romelu Lukaku, who has been suffering from sluggishness throughout this season, showed his destructive power by scoring a hat-trick against Sweden for the Belgian national team.

On the 25th (Korean time), Belgium, who played the first leg of Group F of the Euro 2024 qualifiers at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden, won a 3-0 victory over Sweden. On the same day, Austria beat Azerbaijan 4-1, so Belgium were not in the lead, but in second place. However, Belgium’s victory was more meaningful in that it defeated Sweden, a formidable Nordic powerhouse.

In the 35th minute of the first half, Dodi Luke Bakio’s cross from the right was finished with a header, scoring his first goal and showing a ‘shhh’ ceremony. In the 4th minute of the second half, in a corner kick situation, Luquebakio received a short pass from kicker Kevin Debrawiner and broke through the Swedish defense, and Lukaku finished the pass that entered the goal. 토토사이트

In the 37th minute of the second half, right winger Johann Bakayoko broke the Swedish defense with a single dribble, then Lukaku pushed the ball into the center to complete a hat trick.

Lukaku failed to score at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar held at the end of last year, contributing to Belgium’s elimination from the group stage. He returned to Inter Milan in the form of a loan this season, saying he was sick of Chelsea life, but repeated injuries and sluggishness. Then, from February of this year, he gradually raised his scoring power. In the league, he scored 2 goals in February and 1 goal in March, scoring 3 regular league goals this season in the last 40 days. The momentum continued into the Euro qualifiers.

The opposing team, Sweden, was not a weak team either. The attack was led by Tottenham Hotspur’s Dejan Kulusevski and Newcastle United’s Alexander Isak. The star of the defense was Victor Lindelof, Lukaku’s former teammate at Manchester United. Reunited with his old teammate, Lukaku destroyed the Swedish defense as if he was rather comfortable. One of Sweden’s greatest stars ever, 42-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, came on as a last-minute substitute, but could not prevent Sweden’s crushing defeat.

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