INTERNATIONALS: LUKAKU AND BAKER SHINE

May 26, 2014 Posted Under: News

It was a night to remember for two of our players on the international stage as they inspired their respective sides to victory.

Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick as Belgium warmed up for the World Cup with a comfortable 5-1 win over Luxembourg in Genk.

The Chelsea striker, fresh from an impressive season on loan at Everton, gave Belgium the lead after just three minutes, and restored their advantage 20 minutes later after Luxembourg had equalised.

Lukaku completed his hat-trick eight minutes into the second half after beating two defenders and firing low into the bottom corner, before Nacer Chadli and former Blues winger Kevin De Bruyne added their names to the scoresheet late on.

Eden Hazard started the game for Belgium but was withdrawn at the break, replaced by Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj. Thibaut Courtois was rested having played in Saturday’s Champions League final for loan club Atletico Madrid.

Two Chelsea players were involved at the Toulon Tournament as Brazil beat England 2-1 in Group B.

Nathaniel Chalobah, an unused substitute during England’s first game in the competition, started in midfield as Gareth Southgate’s side were beaten by the South American outfit.

Brazil took the lead after just eight minutes when a mix-up in the England defence allowed Allison to score.

The Three Lions responded well to falling behind, however, and Nathan Redmond saw a stinging drive well saved after being found by Chalobah with a clever pass.

Chalobah was then lucky to escape serious injury after being kicked in the face by Brazil’s Doria, who was shown a yellow card.

Six minutes into the second half Brazil doubled their lead when Lucas Silva pounced on a loose ball and finished well.

Just before the hour another Chelsea player was introduced to the action as Lucas Piazon replaced Thalles for Brazil.

Ward-Prowse scored a consolation for England with a stunning free-kick 19 minutes from time but they were unable to force an equaliser.

It’s now three wins out of three for Brazil, who play their final group game against Qatar on Friday.

England, for whom Josh McEachran was an unused substitute, will hope to get back to winning ways when they face South Korea on Wednesday.

In the Elite Round of qualifying for the Under-19 European Championships, Lewis Baker was the hero for England as they came from behind to beat Scotland 2-1.

The Chelsea midfielder scored two goals in the space of six second-half minutes to turn the game on its head after Scotland had taken an early lead.

Baker has now netted three goals in the opening two games of qualifying after scoring from the penalty spot in Saturday’s 6-0 win over Montenegro.

Ola Aina also completed the full 90 minutes while Ruben Loftus-Cheek was given 19 minutes off the bench. John Swift was an unused substitute.

Elsewhere in the Elite Round of qualification, Isak Sswankambo played the full 90 minutes as Sweden recorded an impressive 3-1 away win against Italy.

The result moves them into second place in Group 2, three points behind leaders Bulgaria.

Sweden play Czech Republic on Thursday.

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