Without Kevin De Bruyne, but with a decisive Romelu Lukaku again, Belgium dominated Croatia (1-0) this Sunday for its last preparation match before the Euro. Eden Hazard, he did not enter until the end of the match.
We have to believe that a match without scoring was already too much for Romelu Lukaku. Remained silent during his 45 minutes played against Greece (1-1) on Thursday, the Inter Milan striker scored this Sunday the only goal of Belgium’s victory against Croatia (1-0) , in Brussels. It was the last test of the Red Devils before getting down to business. Without their master to play Kevin De Bruyne, touched in the face and already forfeited for the first match of his selection at the Euro, on June 12 against Russia, Roberto Martinez’s men made a good copy to Brussels.
Hazard did not enter until the end of the match
Serious and applied in their 3-4-3, the Belgians made the difference before the break by taking advantage of a lack of aggressiveness of the opposing defense. Lukaku, who had found the crossbar a little earlier, took the opportunity to adjust Dominik Livakovic with a pivot shot in the box (38 ‘). His 60th selection goal at just 28 years old. After having confiscated the ball in the first minutes, the Croatian vice-world champions gradually lost control of the game, weakened by this opening score and struggling offensively. Zlatko Dalic had yet aligned a big team with Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic or even Ivan Perisic holders.
Opposite, Eden Hazard had to wait until the 81st minute to come into play, along with Rennais Jérémy Doku. Not enough to show off. And far too little to ramp up. The former Lille, who has had physical problems since his arrival at Real Madrid two years ago, could again be a replacement in six days on the side of Saint Petersburg. The Croats, them, will quickly have to find solutions to hope to worry England, on June 13, for their entry into contention for the Euro.