World Cup: Belgium’s Lukaku ties Ronaldo for Golden Boot goals lead

June 23 (UPI) — Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku chipped the Tunisian goalkeeper for his second goal of the first half at the World Cup Friday in Moscow.

The Belgians held a 3-1 edge at halftime in the Group G clash at Spartak Stadium.

Lukaku is now tied with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo with four goals in the tournament, leading all World Cup scorers. His first score of the game came in the 16th minute, putting Belgium up 2-0.

His second score was an absolute masterpiece. Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne fed the ball into midfielder Thomas Meunier at the top of the box to begin the sequence. Meunier dribbled around the the outside of the boundary, before slipping in a pass between two defenders.

Lukaku bolted into the box and used his first touch to chip the ball over Farouk Ben Mustapha with his right boot in first half stoppage time.

The goal gave Lukaku 40 career international scores. He also has back-to-back games with at least two goals. Lukaku also scored twice in Belgium’s 3-0 win against Panama on Monday at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia.

Belgium plays its final Group G match against England at 2 p.m. Thursday at Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad.

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