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Kazakh comeback hurts Belgium bid

Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.40CET
Kazakhstan 2-2 Belgium The visitors lost a two-goal lead, denting their Group A hopes, as Samat Smakov's goal sealed a local revival.
Kazakh comeback hurts Belgium bid
Sergey Ostapenko (right) vies with Belgium defender Vincent Kompany ©Getty Images

Match statistics

KazakhstanBelgium

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
8
Attempts off target3
 
1
Corners7
 
4
Fouls committed12
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.40CET

Kazakh comeback hurts Belgium bid

Kazakhstan 2-2 Belgium The visitors lost a two-goal lead, denting their Group A hopes, as Samat Smakov's goal sealed a local revival.

Belgium's slim hopes of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualification were all but ended as Samat Smakov's second-half penalty restricted them to a 2-2 draw against Kazakhstan in Almaty.

Two-goal lead
Things looked to be going to plan for the visitors when they opened up a two-goal lead inside the first 24 minutes through goals from Karel Geraerts and Kevin Mirallas. Dmitriy Byakov pulled one back before the interval, however, and this sparked a frenetic second half as Kazakhstan went in search of an equaliser. They finally got one 13 minutes from time when Marouane Fellaini brought down Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev and Smakov made no mistake from the spot.

Belgium dominate
It earned Arno Pijpers' team their seventh point in Group A – no mean feat for a side that registered just one in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying – yet that had appeared a distant possibility as the Belgians dominated the opening exchanges. After Fellaini had tested David Loria, Mirallas glanced a cross into the path of Geraerts on 13 minutes and he fired his half-volley to Loria's left. It was all Belgium. Steven Defour was denied by the upright and so too was Mirallas, though in the latter case the youngster was on hand to pounce on the rebound.

Zhumaskaliyev menace
Two goals to the good, René Vandereycken's men appeared set for a vital three points but Kazakhstan had other ideas. Byakov could only direct a long ball from Smakov over the bar yet he made amends six minutes before the break, making it 2-1 with a powerful shot that gave Stijn Stijnen no chance. It was a blow for Belgium who spent much of the second period on the back foot, with Zhumaskaliyev their tormentor-in-chief. The FC Tobol Kostanay attacker found Byakov with a lovely cross and although the goalscorer failed to direct his header on target, when Zhumaskaliyev won a penalty Smakov was less wasteful.

Last updated: 13/09/07 1.35CET

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Lineups

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Belgium

Belgium

2
Y. AzovskiyYegor Azovskiy
Substitution66
25
DefourSteven Defour
Yellow Card51
11
ByakovDmitriy Byakov
Goal39
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
8
KarpovichAndrei Karpovich
17
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Yellow Card75
3
KuchmaAleksandr Kuchma
22
GeraertsKarel Geraerts
Goal13
Substitution77
7
LarinSergey Larin
Substitution73
13
HoefkensCarl Hoefkens
1
LoriaDavid Loria (GK)
3
SimonsTimmy Simons (C)
9
OstapenkoSergei Ostapenko
1
StijnenStijn Stijnen (GK)
6
SkorykhSergei Skorykh
24
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
10
ZhumaskaliyevNurbol Zhumaskaliyev (C)
8
GoorBart Goor
Substitution84
5
IrismetovFarkhadbek Irismetov
Yellow Card42
27
KompanyVincent Kompany
4
SmakovSamat Smakov
Goal77
9
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Goal24
Substitution63

Substitutes

14
M. AzovskiyMaksim Azovskiy
19
HarounFaris Haroun
Substitution77
15
ChichulinAnton Chichulin
2
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
18
MokinAleksandr Mokin (GK)
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
17
NurdauletovKairat Nurdauletov
15
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
Substitution63
16
SuyumagambetovMurat Suyumagambetov
Substitution73
21
VandenbusscheBrian Vandenbussche (GK)
19
KornienkoOleg Kornienko
20
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
12
LyapkinDmitri Lyapkin
Substitution66
11
Mbo MpenzaMbo Mpenza
Substitution84

Coach

Arno Pijpers (NED) René Vandereycken (BEL)

Referee

Alexandru Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Cristian Nica (ROU), Marcel Savaniu (ROU)

Fourth official

Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

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