SPORTS Belgium has become the first team to qualify for the 2020 European Championship finals after thrashing San Marino 9-0 in Brussels on Thursday.
Romelu Lukaku took his record Belgian international tally past 50 goals with a double as Roberto Martinez’s Group I leaders opened up a sound 11-point lead over third-placed Cyprus with three games remaining.
The world-number-one ranked side booked their spot at next year’s tournament, which will be played at 12 venues across Europe, after seven straight qualifying wins.
Meanwhile, Russia appear set to take the second automatic slot from the group, after a 4-0 win over Scotland moved them eight points ahead of Cyprus.
Belgium look to lift a first major international title when the Euros get underway on June 12.