Belgium – “I cried a lot”, “Chris, I love you”: Lukaku, a double but above all Eriksen in the lead

When the 22 players from Russia – Belgium entered the lawn in Saint Petersburg, shortly before 9 p.m. on Saturday evening, Denmark – Finland had resumed. Relatively reassuring information about Christian Eriksen, victim of a violent malaise at the end of the afternoon, had pointed the tip of their nose. But the context was still very heavy and the Dane in everyone’s mind, especially those of his teammates at Inter Milan, including Romelu Lukaku, Serie A champion at his side this season.

If the Belgian coach Roberto Martinez said his locker room “shocked” before the meeting, the interior scorer quickly returned to his match by opening the scoring after ten minutes of play. The attacker’s flair for an opponent’s error, an unstoppable cross strike and the perfect opportunity to send a beautiful message of support to his teammate: “Chris, stay strong, I love you”, he said in celebration after rushing to the camera.

Romelu Lukaku during Russia – Belgium

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“It was difficult for me to play, my thoughts were for my teammate Christian (Eriksen), then reacted the former Mancunien to the final whistle. I hope he’s doing well, I dedicate this performance to him. I cried a lot because I was scared. We had great moments together for a year and a half, I spent more time with him than with my family. My thoughts were for him, his partner, his children and his family “. Poignant remarks which reflect a still very strong emotion after this immense fear. Eriksen in mind, Lukaku however managed to lead his team to victory for their entry into contention.

On the lawn, the Belgian was on a mission. Already close to doubling the bet shortly after opening the scoring (18th), the left-hander definitely killed the game in the last moments, with a nice strike from the right (88th). The first double registered in this Euro, but above all, a first confirmation of the excellent successful season by the person concerned in Serie A. The one who had concluded his exercise with three goals in the last three league matches also displays crazy statistics in selection: here he is with 20 goals in his last 15 matches in competition with the Devils. Add in friendlies and assists, and you’ve got a player involved on 26 goals in his last 19 games under Roberto Martinez. Remarkable, like his tribute.

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