Nations League: Lukaku double sends Belgium into final four

A second successive defeat for England, after a home loss to Denmark, left it in third place in the group with one match to come at home to Iceland.

Lukaku scores a goal past Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.   -  AP

Romelu Lukaku underlined his status as Belgium's key attacker with two goals to help his team book its place in next year's Nations League finals with a 4-2 home victory over Denmark on Wednesday.

Lukaku extended his record scoring form for his country with a second-half double as Youri Tielemans and Kevin De Bruyne also netted for Belgium.

Denmark scored through Jonas Wind after 17 minutes, heading home from close range, and Belgium gifted it a second with a comical own goal credited to Nacer Chadli four minutes from time.

Belgium finished five points clear at the top of League A Group 2 and will meet world champion France and former World Cup winners Italy and Spain in the final four next October.

The host got off to the perfect start when Tielemans fired it ahead in the third minute, beating his Leicester City team mate Kasper Schmeichel with a grasscutter from outside the penalty box that squeezed in between the Danish goalkeeper's outstretched arm and the post at Leuvens Den Dreef stadium.

Yet Wind's equaliser swung the first-half momentum to Denmark, which then created further chances.

Belgium got back on top, however, when Tielemans turned provider for Lukaku's first goal in the 56th minute with a quickly-taken free kick that caught out the Danish defence.

He played it through to De Bruyne, who moved it onto Lukaku whose shot was blocked by Schmeichel but then looped up off the keeper and bounced into the net.

Lukaku then scored his 57th international goal with a strong header as he got goalside of Danish captain Simon Kjaer to finish off a cross from Thorgan Hazard in the 70th minute.

The deficit was reduced when Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois let a back pass from Chadli slip under his foot and into the net.

Denmark, however, barely had time to register its good fortune before De Bruyne struck Belgium's fourth.

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