The Warmdown: Lukaku goal the difference in Belgium victory over Croatia
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Belgium head into the Euros looking strong as they recorded a 1-0 victory over Croatia at the King Baudouin Stadium. Romelu Lukaku's first half goal was the difference - but he could have had a couple more. 

It was a competitive game, but the Red Devils confirmed their status as one of Euro 2020's favourites in an eventual comfortable victory.

This defeat means Croatia go into the tournament winless in the warm-up games. Hopefully this isn't too much of a worry to Zlatko Dalić, as it would be a disaster to have a poor summer after their efforts in the last major tournament in 2018.

Lukaku in red hot form

Lukaku struck on the 38th minute in what was deemed to be the decisive goal. It wasn't a pretty goal but he still had work to do in the six yard box after a goal mouth scramble where he eventually lashed it past Croatia 'keeper Dominik Livaković. He could have scored again late on but for a world class save from Livaković to deny a powerful header at point blank range.

After scoring his 60th goal for his country, it was another dominant performance from one of the most in-form footballers in world football right now. The 28-year-old has 30 goals and 10 assists for Inter Milan this season, living up to his full potential, where he is undoubtedly in the prime of his career.

The former Manchester United man is the second favourite for the golden boot this summer, and rightfully so. 

Belgium to win the Euros?

There's no doubt that the Belgian's are one of the outright favourites to win this summers Euros with their pure quality and strength from defence to attack. After being held by Greece in the game prior to this, it was a much better performance from Roberto Martinez' side.

Ahead of the start of the tournament, Belgium have only scored two goals, however the goals should flow at the Euros, one great stat says it all - out of the 23 outfield players selected in the squad, 21 of them have scored international goals. There's all the right signs that they could go very far this summer. 

Even if Kevin De Bruyne isn't fit for their first game against Russia on June 12, they should have enough horsepower to get past them with players such as Youri Tielemans in that similar role. The Manchester City playmaker and PFA player of the year had undergone surgery after a fracturing his nose and eye-socket in Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.

Potential for Croatia

An exciting squad, with wise heads all over. Croatia weren't out of this game whatsoever. They could have won if they took their chance, but Thibaut Courtois was also in good form. Luka Modric controlled the tempo of the game in the opening 25 minutes, where the Croatians were quite comfortable. 

If their previous major tournament was anything to go by, the 35-year-old Real Madrid midfielder could inspire them to a strong summer. 

They're likely going to finish second behind England in Group D, in doing so they face a much easier path in the knockouts than table toppers would - where it's possible England would play either France, Germany or Portugal

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