Lukaku equals Belgium scoring record in Mexico thriller

Lukaku scored his second from six yards to bring Belgium level at 3-3

Lukaku scored his second from six yards to bring Belgium level at 3-3

Romelu Lukaku struck twice to equal Belgium’s all-time goalscoring record in a 3-3 friendly draw with Mexico.

The striker was at the heart of Belgium’s opener when his shot forced a save, allowing Eden Hazard to tap in.

An Andres Guardado penalty saw the scores level at half-time but Lukaku nudged in a cross to restore the lead.

A fine touch and low finish by Hirving Lozano restored parity and he then volleyed Mexico ahead before Lukaku converted his 30th Belgium goal.

The close-range finish ended the scoring on 70 minutes and saw Manchester United forward Lukaku join Bernard Voorhoof and Paul van Himst in sharing the record.

Voorhoof set his mark between 1928 and 1940, while Van Himst reached the mark between 1960 and 1974. At just 24, Lukaku looks set to take the record to new heights and he could set his own standard in Tuesday’s friendly with Japan in Brussels.

Belgium, coached by former Everton boss Roberto Martinez, are now unbeaten in 14 matches and will feature at the World Cup in Russia having eased through qualifying.

Mexico will also be at the tournament and continue their preparations against Poland in Gdansk on Monday.

They bettered possession with 58% against Belgium and 22-year-old PSV Eindhoven striker Lozano caught the eye, leaving Thibaut Courtois motionless with his first strike before lashing an instinctive volley in for his seventh goal at international level.

Neymar and Jesus on target for Brazil

Gabriel Jesus applied a finish to a sweeping Brazil move<!–

Gabriel Jesus applied a finish to a sweeping Brazil move

Neymar scored and missed a penalty before a thunderous strike from Real Madrid’s Marcelo and a simple finish by Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil a 3-0 lead against Japan by half-time in their friendly at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, home of French side Lille.

Brazil conceded a late consolation but have now lost just once in 16 matches as they get set to face England at Wembley Tuesday.

European champions Portugal cruised to a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia to continue their own World Cup preparations in Viseu. A fine low strike from Joao Mario added to goals from Manuel Fernandes and Concalo Guedes, with Cristiano Ronaldo left out of the squad.

Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic found the net as Serbia secured a 2-0 win over China in Guangzhou in their first fixture since sacking Slavoljub Muslin despite qualifying for the World Cup.

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Match ends, Belgium 3, Mexico 3.

Second Half ends, Belgium 3, Mexico 3.

Substitution, Mexico. Javier Aquino replaces Hirving Lozano.

Substitution, Mexico. Jonathan dos Santos replaces Edson Álvarez because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Edson Álvarez (Mexico) because of an injury.

Substitution, Belgium. Divock Origi replaces Romelu Lukaku.

Raúl Jiménez (Mexico) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Belgium).

Substitution, Belgium. Thorgan Hazard replaces Eden Hazard.

Edson Álvarez (Mexico) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Belgium).

Attempt missed. Hirving Lozano (Mexico) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Héctor Herrera with a through ball.

Foul by Carlos Salcedo (Mexico).

Nacer Chadli (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Mexico) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Edson Álvarez.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Néstor Araújo.

Offside, Mexico. Raúl Jiménez tries a through ball, but Giovani dos Santos is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Néstor Araújo (Mexico) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Giovani dos Santos (Mexico) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium).

Corner, Mexico. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

Foul by Raúl Jiménez (Mexico).

Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal! Belgium 3, Mexico 3. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Hand ball by Jürgen Damm (Mexico).

Substitution, Mexico. Jürgen Damm replaces Andrés Guardado.

Offside, Mexico. Héctor Herrera tries a through ball, but Hirving Lozano is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Attempt missed. Héctor Herrera (Mexico) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hirving Lozano.

Goal! Belgium 2, Mexico 3. Hirving Lozano (Mexico) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Hirving Lozano (Mexico) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrés Guardado.

Substitution, Mexico. Giovani dos Santos replaces Carlos Vela.

Substitution, Mexico. Edson Álvarez replaces Diego Reyes.

Hirving Lozano (Mexico) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Laurent Ciman (Belgium).

Foul by Carlos Vela (Mexico).

Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal! Belgium 2, Mexico 2. Hirving Lozano (Mexico) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Héctor Moreno.

Goal! Belgium 2, Mexico 1. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

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