PARIS. – Belgium became the first team to qualify for the 2020 European Championship football finals as Romelu Lukaku scored twice in a 9-0 thrashing of San Marino in Brussels on Thursday night.
The Netherlands needed a late comeback to beat Northern Ireland 3-1.
Lukaku took his record Belgium international tally past 50 goals as Roberto Martinez’s Group I leaders opened up an unassailable 11-point lead over third-placed Cyprus with three games remaining. The world-number-one ranked side booked their spot at next year’s tournament, which will be played at 12 venues across Europe, after seven straight qualifying wins. – AFP.