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Belgium 4-1 Costa Rica
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Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium eased to victory against Costa Rica in their final World Cup warm-up match.

Belgium, England’s Group G opponents, were again without injured defender Vincent Kompany in Brussels, while Eden Hazard limped off in the 70th minute.

Bryan Luiz volleyed Costa Rica ahead on 24 minutes, before Napoli striker Dries Mertens equalised from close range.

Lukaku scored either side of half-time and then set up Michy Batshuayi to tap home Belgium’s fourth.

Belgium begin their World Cup campaign against Panama on Monday, while Costa Rica face Serbia in their first game in Group E on Sunday.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez said Hazard came off with a dead leg, but added: “It’s nothing to worry about.

“I really enjoyed his performance. He was sharp and strong, he was majestic.”

Luiz’s goal came from a poor clearance from Jan Vertonghen, the Tottenham centre-back only heading towards the edge of the box where the former Fulham midfielder connected first time into the bottom corner.

Belgium then dominated the game, with Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Mertens a constant trouble to the Costa Rican defence.

Hazard’s deflected shot fell into the path of Mertens for an easy tap-in and Lukaku volleyed in Merten’s cross.

Lukaku added a towering header on 50 minutes, before unselfishly squaring to Batshuayi to score, before he was substituted.

Line-ups

Belgium

  • 1Courtois
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 20BoyataSubstituted forDendonckerat 66′minutes
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 15MeunierSubstituted forChadliat 45′minutes
  • 7De BruyneSubstituted forTielemansat 71′minutes
  • 6Witsel
  • 11Carrasco
  • 14MertensSubstituted forBatshuayiat 52′minutes
  • 10HazardSubstituted forDembéléat 70′minutes
  • 9LukakuSubstituted forT Hazardat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Ciman
  • 8Fellaini
  • 12Mignolet
  • 13Casteels
  • 16T Hazard
  • 17Tielemans
  • 18Januzaj
  • 19Dembélé
  • 21Batshuayi
  • 22Chadli
  • 23Dendoncker

Costa Rica

  • 1Navas
  • 2Acosta
  • 3GonzálezBooked at 44mins
  • 6Duarte
  • 16GamboaSubstituted forSmithat 66′minutes
  • 5BorgesSubstituted forAzofeifaat 76′minutes
  • 17Tejeda
  • 8OviedoSubstituted forCalvoat 45′minutes
  • 10RuizSubstituted forCampbellat 66′minutes
  • 21UreñaSubstituted forVenegasat 45′minutes
  • 7BolañosSubstituted forGuzmánat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Smith
  • 9Colindres
  • 11Venegas
  • 12Campbell
  • 13Wallace
  • 14Azofeifa
  • 15Calvo
  • 18Pemberton
  • 19Waston
  • 20Guzmán
  • 22Matarrita
  • 23Moreira
Referee:
Ovidiu Hategan

Match Stats

Home TeamBelgiumAway TeamCosta Rica
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home21
Away2
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Belgium 4, Costa Rica 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Belgium 4, Costa Rica 1.

Offside, Costa Rica. Rándall Azofeifa tries a through ball, but Ian Smith is caught offside.

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Belgium).

Johan Venegas (Costa Rica) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Belgium. Leander Dendoncker tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

Thorgan Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Óscar Duarte (Costa Rica).

Offside, Costa Rica. Giancarlo González tries a through ball, but Joel Campbell is caught offside.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Keylor Navas.

Attempt saved. Youri Tielemans (Belgium) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michy Batshuayi.

Attempt saved. Youri Tielemans (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thorgan Hazard.

Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joel Campbell (Costa Rica).

Offside, Belgium. Axel Witsel tries a through ball, but Thorgan Hazard is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Thorgan Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Michy Batshuayi.

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yeltsin Tejeda (Costa Rica).

Attempt missed. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. Rándall Azofeifa replaces Celso Borges.

Offside, Costa Rica. Johan Venegas tries a through ball, but Francisco Calvo is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Leander Dendoncker (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Thorgan Hazard with a cross.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Giancarlo González.

Youri Tielemans (Belgium) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Guzmán (Costa Rica).

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Youri Tielemans replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Mousa Dembélé replaces Eden Hazard because of an injury.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Óscar Duarte.

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Johnny Acosta (Costa Rica).

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. Joel Campbell replaces Bryan Ruiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. Ian Smith replaces Cristian Gamboa.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Leander Dendoncker replaces Dedryck Boyata.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Thorgan Hazard replaces Romelu Lukaku.

Goal!

Goal! Belgium 4, Costa Rica 1. Michy Batshuayi (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Yannick Carrasco (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica).

Substitution

Substitution, Costa Rica. David Guzmán replaces Christian Bolaños.

Attempt missed. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yannick Carrasco.

goal

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