The Belgian national team confirmed on Saturday that star forward Romelu Lukaku has left Roberto Martínez’s squad.
France keep going
Lukaku and company. of course, they were back in action earlier this week.
After Spain beat Italy in the first of two Nations League semi-final matches on Wednesday night, the Red Devils took on France, seeking their own place in the tournament final.
However, when all was said and done, Belgium fell short, in utterly heartbreaking circumstances.
In fact, Roberto Martínez’s men gained a 2-goal lead during the first half, when the aforementioned Lukaku followed Yannick Carrasco’s shot near the post with a wonderful effort of his own right leg:
🗣 “It’s a sensational attacking play”
Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku puts Belgium 2-0 up in their #NationsLeague semifinal against France 🔥
– Soccer Sky Sports (@SkyFootball) October 7, 2021
However, world champion France emerged in the second half looking completely different.
After Karim Benzema pulled one back thanks to a strong finish at the corner just after the hour, the ever-involved Kylian Mbappé leveled the score from the penalty spot twenty minutes from time:
Benzema withdraws to France! Let the game begin! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Bqa9GCKrq7
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 7, 2021
Then, just minutes after Lukaku saw what looked set to show that the deciding match of the night was ruled out for offside, Les Bleus proved their worth once again, clinching a brilliant winner courtesy of AC Milan’s left-back, Theo Hernandez.
France, in turn, pushed ahead, ahead of the Nations League clash with Spain on Sunday night.
For Belgium, on the other hand, another shot at a major first silver piece has come and gone, and the Red Devils are set to compete with Italy for third place on Sunday afternoon.
And, as described above, before the Turin showdown, the chances of Martinez and company. of securing a regained victory have had an impact.
This comes in the form of confirmation that star forward Romelu Lukaku has left the nation’s camp.
– Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) October 9, 2021
Meanwhile, an explanation of ‘Big Rom’s early return to West London has since surfaced as well.
When the decision was made to release Lukaku, Roberto Martínez confirmed that, like Eden Hazard, the arrival of large amounts of money in summer at Chelsea is suffering from “muscle fatigue”.
The Belgian coach added that he currently does not know how long Lukaku will be out of play:
Belgian coach Roberto Martínez: “Romelu Lukaku suffers from muscle fatigue, just like Eden Hazard. They are not in the best condition to play. They leave the field of the national team because of these problems, I don’t know how long it will take ”. 🔵🇧🇪 #Belgium #Real Madrid #CFC
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 9, 2021
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|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||6|
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|Maupay, Neal||Brighton and Hove Albion||0||2|
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