Lukaku gets a kick out of double in 8-1 Belgium rout

BRUSSELS • Romelu Lukaku joked that he lost track of the scoreline and said that he is having "fun" with Roberto Martinez's attacking set-up, after Belgium thrashed Estonia 8-1 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

"How many was it again - 8-1, really?" he said.

"We were really good and it's fun to play in such an offensive team.

"We did well in possession and created many chances. We have scored eight times and this is the standard we should try to keep .

"The fans come to see a great game and that was the case. They want to see us play like our clubs and that's what we have done, so everyone is happy."

The Everton striker and Dries Mertens each scored a brace as Belgium destroyed Estonia to take top spot in Group H on 12 points, two ahead of Greece and five in front of third-placed Bosnia.

Martinez's men also struck through Thomas Meunier, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco and an own goal from Ragnar Klavan.

Estonia had a consolation goal just before the half-hour through Henri Anier, and the Baltic nation remained second from bottom with three points. Gibraltar are last after four losses.

Martinez credited the 23-year-old Lukaku for opening up the game for his team-mates before finding the net himself.

"Romelu has a lot of strength and always attracts attention in the middle," he told Belgium media Sporza.

"As a result, Mertens and Hazard had more space. The cooperation between the three was quite good.

"If Lukaku gets a look at the target, his finish is always pure. His goals are a reward for his work."

Estonia coach Martin Reim praised Belgium, saying: "We knew that Belgium are a very good team and I have never faced such a good team (as a coach).

"They have speed and quality, it was too much for my players. We wanted to press their defenders, but we could not do it."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2016, with the headline 'Lukaku gets a kick out of double in 8-1 Belgium rout'. Print Edition | Subscribe