Romelu Lukaku put an end to Denmark's valiant efforts with Belgium''s two second half goals in next year's UEFA Nations League final four with France, Italy and Spain.
Belgium vs Denmark: Reaction as it is
Lukaku hit it twice in the second half as he ended Denmark's struggle for a place in the final in an exciting match in Leuven'. The game was not three minutes when Youri Tielemans opened the score, but Denmark was not afraid.
Jonas Wind soon marked his debut with a goal and the visitors had a chance to take the lead themselves before Lukaku''s opportunistic strike made it 2-1 11 minutes after the timeout. The latter, with its trademark title, gave Belgium a breath of fresh air.
However, there was a late hiccup when Thibaut Courtois let Nacer Chadli''s pass slip out from under his feet, but Kevin De Bruyne immediately got back to his rubber stamp advance.
Derek Brookman, Belgian correspondent
They say it's all about maximizing your chances, and that's exactly what Belgium' does better than Denmark'. The visitors came close before and after the break, but it was Lukaku's goal who finally beat them. It's not a vintage shown by the Red Devils, but they retained the % 100 home record in the UEFA Nations League' to advance. You can't argue with that.
Sture Sando, Danish correspondent
Denmark played their hand, but you can't deny Belgium's class. The bold choice to start with Wind was a smart one – and not just because of its goal. Danes leave without scoring, but they are not empty-handed. This performance proved that even the best in the world can be a handful.
Romelu Lukaku, Belgium striker : "Sometimes you have to be a bit of a brawler to win and we did that tonight. Last time we were close [to qualify for the UEFA Nations League finals], but we lost pretty hard to Switzerland. We knew one point was enough, but you don't want to risk it, so we won and we're really happy about that."
Kasper Hjulmand, Danish coach : "We played with a lot of defensive discipline. We were good on the ball, We created chances. Martin [Braithwaite] had a great chance to score and make it 2-1. So a lot of positive things we can take with us and some things we should learn from them. There is no doubt about it. "
• Belgium scored in the first 16 minutes of the last seven UEFA Nations League games.
• Lukaku has scored 17 goals in his last 14 games in Belgium#39.
• Belgium have scored at least two goals in 20 of their last 21 games (W19 L2).
• Denmark won four in one match for the first time since 2013', an international first for Kasper Schmeichel.
• Belgium are 29 unbeaten matches – their last defeat was in 2010' against Germany'.
Belgium : Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen (90 + 2 to paint); De Bruyne, Tielemans, Dendoncker, Chadli; Mertens, Lukaku, T Danger (Foket 77)
Denmark : Schmeichel; Mæhle, Christensen, Kjær, Wass; Delaney (Jensen 70), Højbjerg, Eriksen; Braithwaite, Wind (Sisto 88), Poulsen (Andersen 76)
Belgium will take part in the UEFA Nations League final tournament from 6 to 10 October 2021. Teams will return to competitive action in the spring in the 2022 FIFA World Cup European Qualifiers.