Belgium got their European championship qualification campaign underway with a 3-0 victory over Sweden on Friday night. This was also the first competitive game in the Domenico Tedesco era. Hertha Berlin forward Dodi Lukebako provided two assists for Romelu Lukaku, as the Inter Milan forward grabbed a hat-trick. Lukaku now has scored an impressive 68 international goals in 104 appearances as he grows his lead as Belgium’s record goals corer. PSV winger Johan Bakayoko, who replaced Jeremy Doku in the squad, also came off the bench to grab an assist on his full debut.
Tedesco ran out a 4-4-2 formation, a move away from the back three that Roberto Martinez had been reliant on. Wout Faes partnered Jan Vertonghen as centre-back, with Arthur Theate filling in at left-back. Amadou Onana partnered Kevin De Bruyne in the midfield while Arsenal’s Leandro Trossard played just off of Lukaku.
Belgium will next face Germany on Tuesday the 28th of March in a friendly. This will be a chance for Tedesco to rotate the squad somewhat and have a look at a number of other players who did not get their chance against Sweden.