The Red Devils have found their supporters on Belgian soil and offered them a victory that brings the men a little closer to Martinez of Qatar.
On March 27, a long time ago, the Czechs jostled us, pressed us, opened the scoring and luckily, we were able to count on a realistic Romelu Lukaku at the time to come back with a point from Prague.
Since then, water has flowed under the bridges, the Euro has passed, Patrick Schick has illuminated this competition that our Devils have left far too early to the taste of an entire country. But all that is in the past, and we must now look to Qatar and its winter World Cup. After the appetizer of Tallin, the serious things really resumed this Sunday with the arrival of our Czech friends, of which the starting 11 is amputated of several limbs.
But that, Romelu the centenary does not care, and it only takes 8 minutes to open the scoring calmly (8 ‘, 1-0), well launched by a Hans Vanaken holder to everyone’s surprise but who has this Sunday raised his level to get in tune with the number 1 team in the FIFA rankings.
Another who was only waiting for this Sunday to shine is Eden Hazard. We know, since his transfer to Real Madrid, everything is complicated for him. Between injuries, misforms, doubts, and constantly lost hopes, the captain of the Devils was looking for a new benchmark match, a bit like a second start in an already busy career.
So this duel against the second in our group will be a milestone. Not only because the Madrilenian scored shortly before the break (41 ‘, 2-0) following a superb inspiration from Vanaken, but above all because we feel he is much more comfortable now. His doubts seem to be gone, he goes into contact, dribbles, hits, gives goal balls: the King Baudouin stadium is once again under the spell.
The second half resumed calmly, with however a good exit from Thibaut Courtois in a face to face with Hlozek. Lukaku is still as sharp as ever, Eden walks around, the duels are won by our Devils: in short, all is well and the clock is well managed, while looking for the third goal. This will come from the feet of a new entrant, who had already caused a sensation in Estonia: Alexis Saelemaekers. The Milanese do not miss his one against one against the goalkeeper and kill the little suspense that remained in this meeting (66 ‘, 3-0).
The end of the meeting is used to make some changes, to applaud Eden Hazard when he left and also to see how Romelu is in great physical shape to line up two games in a row. Eden found and a worshiped Lukaku: all is well for the best of all possible worlds.