Qualified Belgium make light work of Kazakhstan in Euro 2020 race

Batshuayi and Meunier grabbed the goals for Belgium as they stayed 100 percent

Batshuayi celebrando su gol
Batshuayi celebrando su gol | AFP

Belgium, already qualified for Euro 2020, beat Kazakhstan on Sunday to continue their 100 per cent record in Group I.

Francesc Ripoll

KAZ

0-2

BEL

Kazajistán

Nepogodov; Marochkin, Maily, Kerymzhanov; Beysebekov, Zhukov (Zhangylyshbay, 84'), Abiken, Shomko; Fedin (Pertsukh, 71'). Suyumbayev (Vorogovskiy, 61'), Islamkhan.

Bélgica

Courtois; Alderweireld, Vermaelen (Mechele, 92'), Vertonghen; Maunier, Praet, Witsel, T. Hazard; Mertens (Carrasco, 78'), Hazard, Batshuayi (Benteke, 78').

Goles

0-1 M.21 Batshuayi. 0-2 M. 53 Meunier.

Árbitro

Gediminas Mazeika. TA: Zhukov, Maily, Beysebekov, Abiken; Batshuayi, Witsel.

Incidencias

Partido disputado en el Astana Arena.

Michy Batshuayi broke the deadlock with a strike from Dennis Praet’s cross, with Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard setting up Thomas Meunier for the second after the break.

Belgium have scored 30 and conceded once in their qualifying campaign.

Russia can join them at next summer’s tournament if they avoid defeat against Cyprus.

 "It was a tough match against a physically strong team,” said Meunier.

“Scotland lost here and I think Russia won here at in the final minute, so we knew it was going to be a difficult away match. It does not always have to be beautiful, this was just a good football match.”

Coach Roberto Martinez added: "We knew that Kazakhstan were going to be a different kind of challenge.

"It was a long trip and we had to play on artificial turf, but nothing is a problem when the focus is right.

"We created a lot of chances in the second half. If I have to be critical, we should have converted them.

"This performance shows the real focus of this group of players. It is a joy to see them work."

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