Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has set a new record for the performance of qualifying tournaments for the European Championships.
The 30-year-old Chelsea forward, who currently plays on loan for Italian Roma, scored a poker in the match of the last 10th round of selection for Euro-2024 against Azerbaijan (5:0).
Thus, Lukaku completed the qualification for Euro-2024 with 14 goals to his credit. This is a new record for European Championship selections.
Romelu surpassed the achievements of Northern Irishman David Healy (Euro 2008 qualifiers) and Pole Robert Lewandowski (Euro 2016 qualifiers), who scored 13 goals each.
Lukaku has scored the most goals ever in a single EURO qualifying campaign (14) #EURO2024 pic.twitter.com/dhgEFmoLc0
— UEFA EURO 2024 (@EURO2024) November 19, 2023
The Belgian national team (20 points) took first place in Group F in qualifying for Euro-2024. Together with the Belgians, Austria also made it to the final tournament of the European Championship, scoring 19 points. Sweden (2), Azerbaijan (10) and Estonia (7) failed to finish in the top 1.
See also: Euro 2024 qualifiers: groups and standings
It will be recalled that the two best teams from each group advance to the final part of the 2024 European Championship. The winners of three more tickets to the continental championship will be determined in the playoffs, where 12 teams will get depending on their performances in the League of Nations-2022/23.
The draw for the final part of Euro-2024 will take place in December 2023, and the tournament itself will be hosted by Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024. The German national team, as the host of the tournament, got to the continental championship without selection.
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