Witness the complete replay and highlights of the intense showdown between Belgium and Azerbaijan. This epic battle took place as part of the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification, Group F – Matchday 10. The thrilling action kicked off at 17:00 GMT on Sunday, Nov 19, 2023. Relive every moment of this electrifying match now!
Belgium vs Azerbaijan Full Match Reports
Romelu Lukaku’s phenomenal four-goal performance made light work of Azerbaijan as Belgium cruised to a 5-0 triumph, solidifying their top spot in Group F of UEFA European Championship Qualifying (ECQ) and extending their unbeaten head-to-head record to six games (W5, D1).
Despite a sluggish start from Domenico Tedesco’s men, they secured an early lead. Jérémy Doku, positioned on the left wing, delivered a flawless cross into Lukaku’s path. Belgium’s record goalscorer effortlessly directed the ball into the bottom left corner. Eddy Israfilov compounded the visitors’ challenges, receiving a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge, reducing his side to 10 men.
Lukaku quickly found the scoresheet again, courtesy of Timothy Castagne’s unselfish square pass. Lukaku calmly slotted home, showcasing his clinical finishing. In a repeat of the first goal, Wout Faes delivered a similar cross, and Lukaku, in a straightforward manner, headed the ball into the bottom left corner for his and Belgium’s third goal, all within the initial 30 minutes of play. Belgium’s relentless pace persisted, resulting in their fourth goal. Orel Mangala seized on a loose ball, playing Lukaku through for his fourth goal of the game.
Having completed his task, Lukaku was substituted at halftime, and Belgium’s intensity eased off. The visitors displayed improvement after the break, and despite the concerted efforts of Doku, Leandro Trossard, and a cadre of attacking substitutions, Belgium struggled to breach the now resolute Azerbaijani defense. However, in the final minutes of the game, Doku’s incisive run into the box and a well-timed cutback to Trossard saw an easy slot home for the fifth and final goal.
This victory ensures Belgium’s unbeaten run in ECQ, securing their place in pot 1 for the group stage draw. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan can take pride in a campaign that witnessed two wins, marking a notable step forward in their history, irrespective of today’s result.
Man of the Match: Romelu Lukaku (Belgium).