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Kazakhstan and Belgium seek first points

Published: Monday 13 September 2010, 2.00CET
Something will give in Astana when Kazakhstan and Belgium − both without a point after two Group A matches  − face one another for the third time in UEFA European Championship history.
Kazakhstan and Belgium seek first points
Turkey's Emre Belözoğlu vies with Kazakhstan's Maksim Azovski earlier in the campaign ©AFP
Published: Monday 13 September 2010, 2.00CET

Kazakhstan and Belgium seek first points

Something will give in Astana when Kazakhstan and Belgium − both without a point after two Group A matches  − face one another for the third time in UEFA European Championship history.

Kazakhstan made their UEFA European Championship debut in a UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier against Belgium and have been drawn against the Red Devils again in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group A.

Match background
• Kazakhstan's record in two games against Belgium reads W0 D2 L0 (W0 D1 L0 at home).

• Having become a member of UEFA too late to enter qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004, Kazakhstan made their maiden appearance in the competition in Brussels, earning a creditable 0-0 draw with Belgium on 16 August 2006.

• The return fixture also gave Kazakhstan reason to celebrate as they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. Goals from Karel Geraerts and Kevin Mirallas gave Belgium a commanding early lead, but Dmitriy Byakov pulled one back before the break and Samat Smakov then hit a 77th-minute leveller.

Last updated: 17/09/10 17.46CET

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