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Belgium late show finishes Armenia

Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.02CET
Belgium 3-0 Armenia Three second-half goals in a 13-minute spell earned René Vandereycken's team a Group A victory over Armenia in Brussels.
Belgium late show finishes Armenia
Belgium's Kevin Mirallas (centre) and team-mate Bart Goor (left) were celebrating again ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BelgiumArmenia

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target3
 
8
Corners4
 
4
Fouls committed10
 
6
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.02CET

Belgium late show finishes Armenia

Belgium 3-0 Armenia Three second-half goals in a 13-minute spell earned René Vandereycken's team a Group A victory over Armenia in Brussels.

Three second-half goals earned Belgium victory against Armenia, but their UEFA EURO 2008™ qualification hopes were ended by results elsewhere in Group A.

Triple strike
Substitute Wesley Sonck put Belgium ahead on 63 minutes before Moussa Dembélé doubled the advantage six minutes later. Karel Geraerts added a third on 76 minutes to secure Belgium's fourth win in qualifying but they are now unable to overhaul second-placed Portugal after their 2-1 success in Kazakhstan.

Armenia bright
Armenia had started promisingly, with Artavazd Karamyan drawing a save from Belgium goalkeeper Stijn Stijnen from the edge of the area. Belgium too had chances and Gevorg Kasparov spread himself to stop Kevin Mirallas's effort when the 20-year-old striker was played through one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Artur Voskanyan was next to test Stijnen, who turned the ball behind for a corner.

Inspired substitution
Belgium coach René Vandereycken replaced Mirallas with Sonck at the interval as he looked for more from his side, but it was Armenia that pressed. Samvel Melkonyan and Levon Pachajyan each came close before Melkonyan cut in from the left and shot into the side-netting. The breakthrough, though, went to Belgium on 63 minutes. Nicolas Lombaerts's left-wing cross found Bart Goor who hit the crossbar on the volley. The ball looped into the air and Sonck beat Kasparov to the rebound to nod in.

Further goals
Belgium were soon 2-0 up after Dembélé burst into the penalty box before firing into the top corner. The third goal followed 14 minutes from time when another Lombaerts centre reached Geraerts on the penalty spot and he headed the ball down and beyond Kasparov to ensure a comfortable finish for the hosts.

Last updated: 18/10/07 1.09CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Armenia

Armenia

1
StijnenStijn Stijnen (GK)
1
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
2
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Substitution83
18
Al. TadevosyanAleksandr Tadevosyan (C)
Substitution82
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
Substitution60
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan
3
SimonsTimmy Simons (C)
5
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
16
SwertsGill Swerts
Yellow Card2
3
DokhoyanKaren Dokhoyan
25
DefourSteven Defour
7
Ararat ArakelyanArarat Arakelyan
17
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
6
R. KhachatryanRomik Khachatryan
Substitution57
8
GoorBart Goor
16
PachajyanLevon Pachajyan
22
GeraertsKarel Geraerts
Goal76
8
Artur VoskanyanArtur Voskanyan
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
Goal69
14
MelkonyanSamvel Melkonyan
Substitution70
9
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Substitution46
10
Artavazd KaramyanArtavazd Karamyan

Substitutes

21
ProtoSilvio Proto (GK)
12
AzizyanMayis Azizyan (GK)
10
SonckWesley Sonck
Substitution46
Goal63
2
MelikyanEgishe Melikyan
13
GilletGuillaume Gillet
9
Aram HakobyanAram Hakobyan
Substitution57
14
De ManMark De Man
11
ZebelyanRobert Zebelyan
Substitution70
15
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
Substitution83
13
V. MinasyanVahagn Minasyan
23
StercheleFrancois Sterchele
15
Artur S. MinasyanArtur S. Minasyan
27
KompanyVincent Kompany
Substitution60
17
MkrtchyanAgvan Mkrtchyan
Substitution82

Coach

René Vandereycken (BEL) Vardan Minasyan (ARM)

Referee

Johannes Valgeirsson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Einar Sigurdsson (ISL), Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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