Belgium Euro 2020 qualifiers
Lukaku netted a brace in Belgium’s 9-0 thumping San Marino (Image courtesy: AFP)

Romelu Lukaku netted a brace as Belgium became the first side to qualify for the 2020 European Championship after walloping San Marino 9-0 in Brussels on Thursday night.

Concise News reports that the highest-ranked team in the world, by virtue of this win, have an unassailable 11-point lead over third-placed Cyprus in Group I with three games remaining.

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Roberto Martinez’s men booked their spot at next year’s tournament after seven back-to-back qualifying wins.

Meanwhile, Russia appear set to take the second automatic slot from the group, after a 4-0 victory over Scotland took them eight points ahead of Cyprus.