Djordje Petrovic was part of the Serbia squad which sealed qualification for Euro 2024, securing their first-ever appearance in the tournament, while an on-loan Chelsea striker scored four times for his country.
Serbia haven’t been involved in a European Championship since they did so as part of Yugoslavia in 2000, but will now make their tournament debut as an independent nation in 2024, after sealing second place in Group G in their final match of this qualifying campaign.
Young Chelsea goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic hasn’t added to his two senior international caps during Euro qualifying, but has been involved regularly as a substitute and was on the bench again for the decisive match, at home against Bulgaria on Sunday afternoon.
They knew a point would be enough to secure qualification regardless of other results and things looked good when they took a first-half lead. However, they then fell behind to two Bulgaria goals in the space of 10 minutes after the break, before an 82nd-minute equaliser made their place at Euro 2024 certain.
Petrovic will now hope to be part of the squad which represents Serbia in a European Championship for the first time in Germany next summer, where they will join Belgium, who had already secured their qualification before this final round of fixtures.
Romelu Lukaku captained Belgium in their last game at home against Azerbaijan and only featured for the first half, but that was still enough time for him to score four goals as they cruised to a 5-0 victory.
The striker, who is on loan at Roma this season, headed in the opening goal to score his 80th for his country and added a second on 26 minutes, shortly after Azerbaijan had been reduced to 10 men when Eddy was booked twice in the space of four minutes.
Lukaku completed his hat-trick with another header half-an-hour in and got a fourth on the counter before half-time, when he was substituted with the job done and the win Belgium needed to finish top of Group F seemingly assured.