2018 World Cup Qualifier: France Thrash Netherlands; Lukaku Grabs Hat-trick In 9-0 Win

France vs Netherlands 4-0
Thomas Lemar scored twice and Kylian Mbappe once as France thrashed 10-man Netherlands in Paris to go top of World Cup qualifying Group A.

Antoine Griezmann gave France the lead slotting under Jasper Cillessen after playing a one-two with Olivier Giroud.before Monaco’s Lemar scored a 25-yard spectacular and a tap-in.

Mbappe, who joined Paris St-Germain from Monaco on Thursday, added another.

It was Lemar who was the centre of attention, on the day that Arsenal attempted to complete a late deal to sign him from Monaco.

The first of the France forward’s two goals was superb, a 25-yard first-time shot steered into the top corner after a weak Dutch clearance.

His second was much easier, a tap into an empty net following Griezmann’s break as Dick Advocaat’s side lost their discipline.

Belgium vs Gibraltar 9-0
Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Meunier both scored hat-tricks as Belgium beat Gibraltar 9-0 despite playing a man short for 42 minutes.

Paris St-Germain right-back Meunier also provided four assists, setting up two of Manchester United striker Lukaku’s three goals, while Chelsea’s Eden Hazard also scored on his return from an ankle injury.

Belgium were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Axel Witsel, scorer of their fourth goal, was sent off for a dangerous challenge five minutes before half-time.

Gibraltar defender Erin Barnett was then sent off in the 82nd minute for a professional foul on Kevin De Bruyne, before Lukaku completed his hat-trick with the resulting penalty.


Roberto Martinez’s side increased their lead at the top of Group H to six points after Greece, in second, were held 0-0 at home by Estonia.

Other Results
Portugal vs Faroe Islands 5-1
Bulgaria vs Sweden 3-2
Luxembourg vs Belarus 1-0
Hungary vs Latvia 3-1
Switzerland vs Andorra 3-0
Cyprus vs Bosnia 3-2
Greece vs Estonia 0-0


Source: wolexis

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