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Romelu Lukaku's header against Greeece gains Belgium a spot in the World Cup

Belgium are the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 04, 2017 15:55 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Belgium and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukakau applauds the fans.

Romelu Lukaku was on target Sunday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over Greece and a place at next year's World Cup. The Manchester United striker ensured Belgium a lead in the second half of the match to book a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Group H fixture was goalless until the 70th minute when Jan Vertonghen blasted the visitors into the lead with a fierce shot.


Greece responded three minutes later through Zeca, but only one more minute passed before Belgium retook the lead thanks to Lukaku's header. It was the Manchester United forward's 10th goal of the qualifying campaign.

Victory leaves the Belgians top with an unassailable eight-point lead over second-place Bosnia-Herzegovina. That makes Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.

Belgium is unbeaten in qualifying, with seven wins and a 1-1 draw at home to Greece in March.

The Belgians have scored 35 goals and conceded just three in a group where they were considered the overwhelming favourites.

Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped the Bosnians beat Gibraltar 4-0 to leapfrog Greece into second place. Belgium has 22 points, Bosnia-Herzegovina 14, Greece 13 and Cyprus 10.

Cyprus's hopes of qualifying took another blow in a 1-0 loss away to Estonia, thanks to Mattias Kait's winning goal in the dying seconds.

Estonia is fifth with eight points while last-place Gibraltar has lost all eight matches.

(With AP Inputs).

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