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Man Utd fans were making the same point about Romelu Lukaku after Belgium v Japan

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The 2018 World Cup just keeps getting better and better

Belgium knocked out Japan in dramatic circumstances on Monday night.

Japan took a shock 2-0 lead early in the second half before Belgium mounted an incredible comeback to secure their spot in the last eight.

Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui scored sublime goals before Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini each scored headers to pull the Red Devils level.

Substitute Nacer Chadli popped up with a 94th minute winner for Belgium, putting the final touch on a frighteningly quick counter-attack.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku had produced a wonderful dummy to assist his teammate in the dying seconds.

But it has since emerged that Lukaku did three brilliant things in the build-up to the goal.

Lukaku proves critics wrong

The 25-year-old striker made a brilliant run, dragging a Japanese defender out of position so Kevin De Bruyne could play in Thomas Meunier.

Lukaku then moved towards the near post to make space for Chadli, before stepping over the ball for his onrushing teammate.

Genius!

In the past, Lukaku's critics have dubbed him as being all about 'pace and power'.

But his intelligence for Belgium's winning goal has surely put that argument to bed - and Man United fans were all keen to make that point on Twitter.

Lukaku didn't find the back of the net against Japan but is still in the running to win the Golden Boot award.

The Man United frontman netted four goals in the group stages and will be hoping to get on the scoresheet when Belgium face Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Lukaku didn't have a particularly good game but those who criticise his intelligence have surely been proven wrong once and for all.

Even Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher posted a tweet about Lukaku's smart dummy.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard praised Lukaku ahead of their Round of 16 clash against Japan.

“What’s great about having Romelu is that he doesn’t need many chances to score,” Hazard said.

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“Maybe a few years ago, he needed more. The reason why he’s in the category of the very best strikers is that when he gets three chances in a game, he scores two.

“In terms of movement, he’s better than he was a few years ago. In terms of defending, he does more.”

Lukaku's movement for Belgium's winner was simply magical.

Could he beat Harry Kane to the Golden Boot? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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