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Sonck strike enough for Belgium

Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 21.00CET
Estonia 0-1 Belgium Wesley Sonck secures three points for Belgium with an early goal.

Match statistics

EstoniaBelgium

Goals scored0
1
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 21.00CET

Sonck strike enough for Belgium

Estonia 0-1 Belgium Wesley Sonck secures three points for Belgium with an early goal.

Wesley Sonck scored the only goal as Belgium took three vital points from their EURO 2004™ Group 8 qualifier against Estonia in Tallinn.

Midfield poise
The result was all the more impressive considering Estonia's only previous loss this year was against Poland, the Baltic side having also held Croatia to scoreless draw in their opening qualifier last month. The visitors' poise in midfield was exemplary and coach Aimé Antheunis' side remained wholly in charge to keep in touch with Bulgaria, who lead the group with nine points after defeating Andorra 2-1 earlier in the day.

Early goal
The Red Devils went ahead with just two minutes on the clock when Estonian goalkeeper Mart Poom could only punch the throw-in he conceded into the path of Bart Goor, who fed Sonck to put the visitors ahead from five metres.

Immediate opportunity
Estonia's best chance to equalise came seconds after the re-start when striker Sergei Terehov was set free down the left wing, but he blasted wide after closing in on a loose ball.

No foothold
From there on, the first period was thoroughly dominated by the visitors, who denied Estonia a foothold with their disciplined short passing, establishing a solid platform for attacking forays. Walter Baseggio's corner forced an instinctive save from a bullet Goor header on 18 minutes and Baseggio himself fired over from the edge of the box.

Same script
After the break the script stayed the same, though Belgium will be disappointed that their domination failed to earn a second goal. Poom was forced to ground to save a low and raking strike from Goor on 57 minutes and Buffel should have capitalised in the dying stages, yet he was forced too wide to find the angle.

Estonia rally
Estonia fashioned chances but defender Olivier De Cock cleared the danger when goalkeeper Geert De Vlieger failed to gather a stinging shot from Indrek Zelinski late on, then made amends when he parried Kristen Viikmäe's opportunist back-heel after a Zelinski centre.

Diary dates
Belgium will aim to take the form they showed tonight to their trip to Croatia next March, while Estonia face a stiff test against Bulgaria the following month.

Last updated: 17/10/02 1.00CET

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Lineups

Estonia

Estonia

Belgium

Belgium

1
PoomMart Poom
1
De VliegerGeert De Vlieger
2
AllasTeet Allas
2
De CockOlivier De Cock
3
StepanovAndrei Stepanov
3
ValgaerenJoos Valgaeren
4
PiirojaRaio Piiroja
Yellow Card7
4
SimonsTimmy Simons
5
RoobaUrmas Rooba
5
DheedeneDidier Dheedene
6
ReimMartin Reim (C)
6
VanderhaegheYves Vanderhaeghe
7
AnnisteAivar Anniste
Substitution46
7
BuffelThomas Buffel
Substitution88
8
KristalMarko Kristal
Substitution83
8
GoorBart Goor (C)
9
ZelinskiIndrek Zelinski
9
SonckWesley Sonck
Goal2
10
OperAndres Oper
Yellow Card26
10
BaseggioWalter Baseggio
11
TerehhovSergei Terehhov
Substitution60
18
Van HoudtPeter Van Houdt

Substitutes

12
KaalmaMartin Kaalma
12
HerpoelFrédéric Herpoel (GK)
14
K. HaavistuKert Haavistu
Substitution46
11
Van HoutJoris Van Hout
Substitution88
16
ViikmäeKristen Viikmäe
Substitution60
13
SoetaersTom Soetaers
18
SaharovAleksander Saharov
Substitution83
15
ThijsBernd Thijs
13
SaviaukErko Saviauk
16
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
15
Hohlov-SimsonSergei Hohlov-Simson
17
Van der HeydenPeter Van der Heyden
17
LindpereJoel Lindpere
19
EnglebertGaëtan Englebert

Coach

Arno Pijpers (NED) Aime Anthuenis (BEL)

Referee

Michael Riley (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Babski (ENG), Darren Drysdale (ENG)

Fourth official

Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)

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