Belgium's Romelu Lukaku misses a chance to score
A subdued start to their campaign saw the Red Devils slip to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to a well-organised Italy side on Monday, with Lukaku one of several players to be singled out for his poor performance by pundits and fans alike.
Belgium's Romelu Lukaku shoots wide
Italy's Emanuele Giaccherini celebrates scoring their first goal
The 23-year-old, who was guilty of a glaring miss after being played in by Kevin De Bruyne, admits the defeat in Lyon was "a reality check" for his team, but insists there is still enough talent in the squad to make a mark on the tournament.
According to The Guardian, he told reporters: "We played against a team that is known for being tactically very strong, very efficient and that’s what we have to learn. If you want to become a big nation sometimes you have to deal with setbacks. We have to move on, become stronger, work even harder than we did, play well and win the games.”
Italy's Graziano Pelle scores their second goal
Lukaku has already described the game in Bordeaux as a must-win, but says his team are not taking anything for granted against an Ireland side that put in a largely impressive performance during their 1-1 draw with Sweden.
“Ireland has a good team" he said. "Defensively they’re very good and up front they have players who can make a difference. They’ve got a lot of experience with Robbie Keane and Shane Long and [James] McClean from the left can make a difference so it’s going to be difficult and we have to be wary of that.”