PRAGUE, Czech Republic: Romelu Lukaku’s second-half equalizer gave Belgium a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic in a 2022 World Cup qualifier in Prague.
One point shared that kept the hosts at the top of Group E, outscoring their opponents by a goal difference advantage.
Inter Milan striker Lukaku excelled in beating defender Ondrej Celustka and goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik to extend his scoring record with Belgium to 59 goals in 91 appearances, including 19 in his last 16 games.
Prague Slavic midfielder Lukas Provod put the Czechs ahead in the 50th minute with a low shot from outside the box beating Thibaut Courtois.
“We wasted a lot of opportunities. I don’t think we played as usual and faced a team that had high enough momentum.
“We have to show a different side of the game, I don’t think we play at a normal level,” Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said.
Belgium, the world’s top-ranked team, started the qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Wales last Wednesday, while the Czech thrashed Estonia 6-2.
Belgium will host Belarus on Tuesday while the Czech Rep meets Wales.