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What Romelu Lukaku did on landmark night for Belgium in 3-0 victory over Czech Republic

On the night he got his 100th cap for Belgium, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku hit the jackpot with his 67th goal for the national team.

Lukaku, 28, has become Belgium’s all-time leading scorer after a spectacular night in Brussels that saw the Red Devils’ star score one goal and assist another for teammate Alexis Saelemaekers.

FB IMG 16309160976959696At the start of the new 2021/22 season, the ex-Manchester United striker has already scored four goals for club and country in four games.

From his own perspective, one of the few drawbacks from the night is that he will be unable to add to his international goal total during the international break due to his ban for the next Russia game this week.

This came as a consequence of a nasty foul by the striker in the 76th minute, with Lukaku being replaced a few minutes later by Michy Batshuayi, a Chelsea player on loan at Turkish side Besiktas this season.

Lukaku euphorically celebrated his historic goal in the eighth minute, doing the ‘bow and arrow’ celebration, implying the accuracy with which he has progressed over the years to reach this amazing moment.

Another negative from the game for the Blues is that their club-record £97.5million signing hinted at a small ailment that could keep him out of Aston Villa if he doesn’t recover quickly enough.

“I’ll have a scan of my thigh first,” Lukaku said after the game to a Belgian TV station. “I’ve been struggling with a minor issue for a while.” Then I’ll go back to Chelsea.”

This is not ideal for club manager Thomas Tuchel, who will rely largely on the 28-year-goal-scoring old’s ability during the season to lead a potential Premier League title challenge.

Alternatively, Chelsea forward Timo Werner’s impressive form over the international break suggests that fans may not need to be as concerned as they first believed if Lukaku is forced to miss time this season.