Belgium vs Gibraltar 9-0 Highlights & Goals World Cup Qualifier, 31 August 2017.
BELGIUM 9 GIBRALTAR 0: TREBLES FOR MEUNIER AND LUKAKU AS HAZARD MAKES SCORING RETURN
Eden Hazard returned from injury but it was Thomas Meunier and Romelu Lukaku who stole the show in Belgium’s 9-0 win over Gibraltar.
Thomas Meunier and Romelu Lukaku scored hat-tricks and Eden Hazard marked his return to competitive action with a goal as Belgium cemented their place at the top of Group H with a 9-0 demolition of Gibraltar in World Cup qualifying.
Hazard featured in a competitive game for the first time since breaking his ankle while on international duty in June and played 77 minutes as the Red Devils outclassed their part-time opposition from start to finish.
Meunier also recorded three assists while Lukaku proved a typically menacing presence, taking full advantage of the gulf in class to help Belgium maintain their unbeaten record in qualifying.
Axel Witsel, who earlier lit up the Stade Maurice Dufrasne with a stunning bicycle-kick, was sent off for going in high and late on Jamie Bosio shortly before the break, but the damage was well and truly done by then with Roberto Martinez’s side leading 5-0.
Hazard got in the action on the stroke of half-time before Meunier and Lukaku completed their respective trebles after the restart.
Witsel’s dismissal means he will miss Sunday’s important trip to Greece, and Gibraltar lost a man of their own when Erin Barnett was dismissed having brought down Kevin De Bruyne to give away a late penalty from which Lukaku slotted home his third.