The 30-year-old striker scored four goals in the first half of a 5-0 (4-0) win over Brussels to take his international tally to 83 goals. Only six players have officially scored more goals for the national team.

For Lukaku, this was the first time he had scored four goals in an international match. With 14 goals in eight games, Lukaku also tops the list of top scorers in European Championship qualifying.

After winning the draw for next year’s final, Belgium will definitely be in Pot 1 and will therefore not face Germany. Coach Domenico Tedesco’s much-rejuvenated team finished qualifying Group F undefeated, six wins and two draws ahead of Austria.

Two Wolfsburg players, Koen Castells and Aster Vranckx, started against Azerbaijan, while RB Leipzig’s Lois Openda replaced Lukaku in the second half.

In the second game of Group F, Sweden, which can no longer qualify for the European Championship, defeated Estonia 2:0 (1-0). The goals were scored by Viktor Klasson (22nd place) and Leipzig player Emil Forsberg (55th place). Estonia will take part in the playoffs as the winner of Group D of the Nations League.
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