Czech Republic 1-1 Belgium: Romelu Lukaku rescues point in Prague
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Only eight European players have ever scored more international goals than Romelu Lukaku’s 59

Romelu Lukaku rescued a point for Belgium in their World Cup qualifier with the Czech Republic in Prague.

Lukas Provod put the hosts ahead with a finish from outside the box that flew into the bottom corner.

Lukaku sent defender Ondrej Celustka one way and then the other before firing under keeper Tomas Vaclik.

The Inter Milan striker has scored 36 goals in his past 31 international appearances – and is up to 59 goals in 91 caps.

Both sides hit the woodwork, with Michael Krmencik striking the post and Jan Boril hitting the crossbar for the hosts – and Kevin de Bruyne shooting against the post for Belgium.

Tomas Soucek had a header cleared off the line by Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld late on.

The Czechs are above Belgium, who are ranked number one in the world, on goal difference after two games – with both sides winning their opening qualifiers.

Belgium beat Wales 3-1 on Wednesday, with the Czech Republic seeing off Estonia 6-2.

Line-ups

Czech Rep

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Vaclik
  • 5Coufal
  • 17Kudela
  • 3Celustka
  • 18Boril
  • 21Holes
  • 13ProvodSubstituted forPekhartat 90+4′minutes
  • 7BarakSubstituted forPavelkaat 78′minutes
  • 15SoucekBooked at 43mins
  • 14JanktoSubstituted forMasopustat 61′minutes
  • 11KrmencikSubstituted forVydraat 78′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Stronati
  • 4Zima
  • 6Mateju
  • 8Malinsky
  • 9Pavelka
  • 10Pekhart
  • 12Masopust
  • 16Mandous
  • 19Pesek
  • 20Vydra
  • 23Nguyen

Belgium

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Courtois
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 4Denayer
  • 5VertonghenBooked at 73mins
  • 21CastagneBooked at 25mins
  • 8Tielemans
  • 6Dendoncker
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forFoketat 56′minutes
  • 7De Bruyne
  • 14MertensSubstituted forTrossardat 56′minutes
  • 10Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 3Mechele
  • 9Doku
  • 11Trossard
  • 12Mignolet
  • 13Kaminski
  • 15Saelemaekers
  • 16Foket
  • 17Vanaken
  • 18Januzaj
  • 19Praet
  • 20Benteke
  • 23Batshuayi

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Czech Republic 1, Belgium 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Czech Republic 1, Belgium 1.

  3. Jason Denayer (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Foul by Ondrej Celustka (Czech Republic).

  5. Substitution, Czech Republic. Tomas Pekhart replaces Lukáš Provod.

  6. Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

  7. Attempt blocked. Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukáš Provod with a cross.

  8. Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

  9. Jason Denayer (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by Matej Vydra (Czech Republic).

  11. Attempt saved. Lukas Masopust (Czech Republic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukáš Provod.

  12. Foul by Leandro Trossard (Belgium).

  13. David Pavelka (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Jason Denayer (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Foul by Matej Vydra (Czech Republic).

  16. Foul by Timothy Castagne (Belgium).

  17. Lukáš Provod (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Offside, Czech Republic. Vladimir Coufal tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.

  19. Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Belgium).

  20. Tomas Soucek (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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