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International Friendlies: Lukaku bags hat-trick while Russia, Cameroon and Serbia register wins

9.47K   //    27 May 2014, 09:53 IST
Luxembourg's defender Tom Schnell (L) vies with Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku during the friendly football match between Belgium and Luxembourg at the Fenix stadium in Genk.
Luxembourg's defender Tom Schnell (L) vies with Belgium's forward Romelu Lukaku during the friendly football match between Belgium and Luxembourg.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku carried his good Everton form as he bagged a hat-trick during Belgium’s 5-1 friendly win over neighbours Luxembourg at the Fenix stadium in Genk. The other two goals were scored by Tottenham midfielder Nacer Chadli and VfL Wolfsburg forwardKevin De Bruyne.

Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj made his much anticipated international debut as he came on as a substitute at half-time. Speaking to reporters after the match, the 19-year-old said, “It's my job to play one touch, to dribble, to entertain the crowd a bit. I wasn't under much pressure. I'm used to playing in front of 80,000 at Manchester United. I am happy with my debut.”

On the other hand, Australia ended their match against South Africa in a stalemate at Sydney's Olympic Stadium after captain Tim Cahill came up with an equalizer in the 14th minute after 21-year-old Ayanda Patosi scored the first goal of the game in the 13th minute. 

Australia have been drafted in Group B for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and play Chile in their game opener on June 13 ahead of their matches against Netherlands and Spain.

''It's three weeks until the first game at the World Cup," Cahill told reporters after the match. "It's the first time a lot of us have actually played competitively together. I thought we were very brave and we made some mistakes here and there. But overall we've got to be ready to play the bigger teams.''

Cahill heading in a goal.
Tim Cahill heading in a goal.

Results of all matches played:

Australia 1 - 1 South Africa (13’ Ayanda Patosi; 14 Tim Cahill)
Russia 1 - 0 Slovakia (82’ Aleksandr Kerzhakov)
Montenegro 0 - 0 Iran 
Estonia 1 - 1 Gibraltar (31’ Ragnar Klavan; 71’ Gosling)
FYR Macedonia 0 - 2 Cameroon (52’ Pierre Webo; 84’ Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting)
Belgium 5 - 1 Luxembourg (3’, 23’, 54’ Romelu Lukaku, 71’ Nacer Chadli, 90’ Kevin de Bruyne (pen); 13’ Aurelien Joachim)
Serbia 2 - 1 Jamaica (13’ Dusan Tadic, 22’ Aleksandar Kolarov; 53’ Michael Joseph Seaton)
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