Report: Belgium 9 Gibraltar 0

first_imgBelgium 9 Gibraltar 0: Trebles for Meunier and Lukaku as Hazard makes scoring return Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 04:56 9/1/17 ThomasMeunier-Cropped Getty Images Eden Hazard returned from injury but it was Thomas Meunier and Romelu Lukaku who stole the show in Belgium’s 9-0 win over Gibraltar. Thomas Meunier and Romelu Lukaku scored hat-tricks and Eden Hazard marked his return to competitive action with a goal as Belgium cemented their place at the top of Group H with a 9-0 demolition of Gibraltar in World Cup qualifying.Hazard featured in a competitive game for the first time since breaking his ankle while on international duty in June and played 77 minutes as the Red Devils outclassed their part-time opposition from start to finish.Meunier also recorded three assists while Lukaku proved a typically menacing presence, taking full advantage of the gulf in class to help Belgium maintain their unbeaten record in qualifying. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Axel Witsel, who earlier lit up the Stade Maurice Dufrasne with a stunning bicycle-kick, was sent off for going in high and late on Jamie Bosio shortly before the break, but the damage was well and truly done by then with Roberto Martinez’s side leading 5-0.Hazard got in the action on the stroke of half-time before Meunier and Lukaku completed their respective trebles after the restart.Witsel’s dismissal means he will miss Sunday’s important trip to Greece, and Gibraltar lost a man of their own when Erin Barnett was dismissed having brought down Kevin De Bruyne to give away a late penalty from which Lukaku slotted home his third.#TousEnsemble #BELGIB #RoadtoRussia— BelgianRedDevils (@BelRedDevils) August 31, 2017Gibraltar goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim started impressively, twice denying Lukaku early, but it was his error in the the 15th minute that opened the floodgates.The England-born shot-stopper let Dries Mertens’ tame cross slip between his legs and break the deadlock and right-back Meunier quickly compounded the mistake by tucking Mertens’ clever cut-back inside the near post to double the lead. Lukaku made it three goals in the space of six minutes when Meunier put a right-wing cross on a platter for the Manchester United man. Witsel fluffed a clear chance in the 23rd minute, but the midfielder produced the highlight of the half moments later. Mertens dinked a clever cross towards the far post and Witsel lashed home spectacularly to make it 4-0.Meunier teed up Lukaku for the second time in the 38th minute and, despite Witsel capping a mixed half with a straight red card, the Red Devils still pressed forward and added a sixth goal through a Hazard tap-in on the stroke of half-time, the Chelsea star converting Menuier’s third assist of the half.Anything @Cristiano can do…Full-back @ThomMills (along with four assists!) and @RomeluLukaku9 both net 3⃣ each for 🇧🇪! #WCQ— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) August 31, 2017Lukaku twice spurned chances to complete his treble shortly after the restart, first heading straight at Ibrahim before turning another cross around the post.Meunier volleyed in Hazard’s cross for his second and Belgium’s seventh on the hour mark, and the Paris Saint-Germain defender beat Lukaku to a hat-trick with 23 minutes remaining, storming on to a De Bruyne cross at the far post.The visitors looked to have stemmed the tide until defender Barnett bundled over De Bruyne, Lukaku stepping up to net his third and add further gloss to an emphatic scoreline. read morelast_img read more

Rep LaFave Lower auto insurance rates for Michigan drivers remains top priority

first_img State Rep. Beau LaFave today said he’s ramping up his fight to lower auto insurance rates for drivers in the Upper Peninsula and all across Michigan.LaFave said he is working with House colleagues to craft solutions to the financial stress created by Michigan’s status as the state with the highest auto insurance rates in the nation.“Making auto insurance more affordable is my No. 1 priority,” LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said. “Michigan’s auto no-fault system must be reformed, and anyone paying for insurance in this state knows it. Too many people are in the can’t-win situation of deciding whether to pay for groceries or auto insurance. I am actively working to find solutions to this problem, and I won’t stop until we have a plan in place.”LaFave is a member of the House Insurance Committee, where he is working with other legislators on solutions.“This is a top concern of residents throughout the Upper Peninsula,” LaFave said. “It’s time for the Legislature to decisively tackle this problem and get it fixed, once and for all.”#### Categories: LaFave News,News 11Sep Rep. LaFave: Lower auto insurance rates for Michigan drivers remains top prioritylast_img read more