Belgium, Senegal win World Cup friendlies

Romelu Lukaku (C) scored twice as Belgium closed their World Cup preparations in style

A rampant Romelu Lukaku scored twice and set up a third goal as Belgium closed their World Cup preparations in style by demolishing Costa Rica 4-1 on Monday.

Dries Mertens opened the scoring for the Red Devils before striker Lukaku took his international tally to 36 in 69 matches with a volley and header either side of half-time.

Substitute Michy Batshuayi completed the Belgium scoring in the 64th thanks to a pass from Lukaku.

Eden Hazard tormented Costa Rica with his instant control and darting runs while fellow midfielder Kevin De Bruyne cut through the defence with his trademark incisive passing.

Hazard limped off in the 70th after a couple of tough challenges, but his injury did not look serious.

Costa Rica, one of the surprise packages of the last World Cup where they reached the quarter-finals, took a surprise lead at King Baudouin Stadium through a Bryan Ruiz volley, but was outclassed for much of the match.

In Austria, Senegal scored two second-half goals to beat fellow World Cup contenders South Korea 2-0 and end a four-match winless streak.

South Korea defender Kim Young-gwon deflected an effort by Alfred N'Diaye into his own goal in the 67th minute, and striker Moussa Konate added the second from the penalty spot in injury time to give Senegal their first win since beating South Africa in November.

Senegal opens their World Cup campaign against Poland next week Tuesday before taking on Japan and Colombia in Group H.

South Korea, who have scored only once in their last three warmups, will play Sweden, Mexico and Germany in Group F.