Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Lukaku aiming to win World Cup

Lukaku aiming to win World Cup

Belgium were generally on cruise-control for the final half hour, though the North Africans had the last word as Wahbi Khazri scored in stoppage time.

"Obviously they have a good team".

"I told Romelu (at halftime) that if we wanted to win the game, we need him, not just to score goals, but for him to be involved in the build-up and things like that", said Hazard.

"Today what I saw is a team that it was prepared to suffer, prepared to work for each other, and we look well-balanced in that respect", Martinez said.

"In worldwide football, the reality now is we have qualified".

The 24-year-old had six shots - more than any other player, and the most by a substitute in a World Cup match since Germany's Andre Schurrle fired in seven against Algeria in 2014.

"We're looking to do well and make ourselves stronger as a squad against England".

Ali Maaloul then gave the ball away at halfway after 16 minutes, Dries Mertens drove forward before rolling it into the path of Lukaku to plant it low into the corner.

Just 12 months remain on his current contract but no agreement will be reached until at least after his country's World Cup campaign ends, with the 26-year-old now Belgium's No 1 in Russian Federation.

Now, Drogba has revealed his delight at the fact that Lukaku seems to have taken his advice on board after his two-goal haul against Tunisia at the weekend. "I thought he was incisive, in the right position, in a confident mood".

Despite his early goalscoring prowess, manager Martinez has opened up about his star striker's overall contribution to the Red Devils, believing he is a team player first and foremost. We are still growing.

"It was a great game to watch as a neutral but that doesn't mean that we are the finished article".

These thoughts were echoed by Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen.

In it for the long haul, they face a World Cup reality that could strip some of the flavour from a mouthwatering group decider between two Premier League-rich squads and two of the tournament's high-scoring teams.

The brute Belgium striker made it four goals in two World Cup games after his brace against Tunisia on Saturday. "We want to win every game of football we go into". "We've got the quality up front to take those chances".

"For our country, that would be a very hard mindset to have", Southgate said of the possibility of taking it easy.

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