Lukaku nets twice as Belgium beat Scotland
Steve Clarke suffered his first defeat as Scotland boss as Belgium preserved their 100% Euro 2020 qualification record with a perfunctory win.
Romelu Lukaku netted either side of the break in Brussels and Kevin de Bruyne added a stoppage-time third to condemn the Scots to a second away defeat in four Euro 2020 qualifiers.
A much-changed Scotland proved doughty opposition for the world’s best side, but find themselves fourth in Group I – three points adrift of Russia in the second automatic qualification place.
Clarke’s side now must steel themselves for Hampden dates with Russia and Belgium in September, knowing they will need to harvest points from those games to revive their hopes of automatic qualification.
Scotland have, though, already secured a Nations League play-off semi-final should they fail to finish in the top two of Group I.