A busy day in World Cup qualifying saw plenty of Chelsea involvement, highlighted by none other than Romelu Lukaku’s brace for Belgium against Estonia, powering his nation to an easy 5-2 win.
Estonia jumped out to a surprise early lead, but Belgium were soon back in front, with Lukaku scoring around the half-hour mark to give them a 2-1 lead, then scoring again soon after the restart to make it 3-1.
For the first, Lukaku fired a snapshot past Arsenal youngster Karl Hein after finding a loose ball in the area, while for the second, while for the second, he held off his defender in classic style to create space for a shot, which he tucked, right-footed, inside the far post. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.
Romelu was replaced for the final 15 minutes by Christian Benteke, in favor of Michy Batshuayi, who just sat on the bench throughout. On a sidenote, Eden Hazard was back in full effect, too, which is always nice to see.
In other goalscoring news, Timo Werner showed off some clinical finishing against Liechtenstein, which is unlikely to really impress anyone, but practice is practice. Great work from former Chelsea prospect Jamal Musiala to create the chance.
Kai Havertz played an hour without getting on the scoresheet while Antonio Rüdiger got some well deserved rest, in what was just a 2-0 win for Germany.
Elsewhere, Spain lost a match despite giving César Azpilicueta a start, coming up short in Sweden, 2-1. Similarly, Italy failed to win a match despite giving Jorginho a start, though they avoided defeat for the umpteenth straight time in a 1-1 draw against Bulgaria. Emerson also started and played almost every minute as well.
And last, but certainly not least, Mason Mount picked up an assist as England easily took care business against Hungary in Budapest, which is hardly as much of an accomplishment as it might have been 50 years ago. It was actually 0-0 at the half, before England scored three times in a 15-minute span in the second half, including Mount setting up Raheem Sterling for the opener with a nice cutback.
Former Chelsea prospect Declan Rice rounded off the scoring with a fourth late on to make it 4-0.