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Classy Belgium too strong for Cyprus

Published: Saturday 28 March 2015, 22.55CET
Belgium 5-0 Cyprus
Marouane Fellaini scored twice and Christian Benteke, Eden Hazard and debutant Michy Batshuayi got one each.
by Berend Scholten
from King Baudouin Stadium

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Match statistics

BelgiumCyprus

Goals scored5
 
0
Possession (%)62
 
38
Total attempts20
 
2
on target11
 
0
off target6
 
1
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners10
 
1
Offsides3
 
2
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
11
Fouls suffered10
 
10

Standings

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Published: Saturday 28 March 2015, 22.55CET

Classy Belgium too strong for Cyprus

Belgium 5-0 Cyprus
Marouane Fellaini scored twice and Christian Benteke, Eden Hazard and debutant Michy Batshuayi got one each.

Belgium move above opponents Cyprus with emphatic win in Brussels
Marouane Fellaini scores in either half for home side
Christian Benteke and Eden Hazard also on target
Debutant Michy Batshuayi scores late fifth for Marc Wilmots' unbeaten side
Next qualifiers: Israel v Belgium (31 March), Andorra v Cyprus (12 June)

Belgium moved above Cyprus in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group B, collecting three points in Brussels in some comfort.

Marouane Fellaini set Marc Wilmots' team on their way to victory with the opening goal midway through the first half, Christian Benteke making it 2-0 before half-time. Two goals in as many minutes midway through the second period, from Fellaini again and Eden Hazard, wrapped up the win before Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to mark his international debut with a goal.

On top from the first whistle, Belgium came close to an early breakthrough from Hazard's dribble; Kevin De Bruyne's shot was pushed behind by Tasos Kissas. The goalkeeper was helpless on 21 minutes, however, Benteke's header finding its way to the feet of Fellaini, who turned to shoot low and hard into the net.

Belgium were totally dominant and after Hazard had a shot saved, he then delivered the perfect cross from the right side. Benteke was the grateful recipient, rising above the defence to double the score after 35 minutes.

Cyprus needed something to revive their hopes, and came close to halving the deficit early in the second half as Nestor Mytidis' header whistled just past the post. Belgium swiftly reasserted themselves, Fellaini collecting a Toby Alderweireld pass to find the net with a looping shot from the edge of the box.

Sixty seconds later it was 4-0, Hazard crowning a fine personal display by playing a one-two with Axel Witsel and curling the ball perfectly into the right top corner despite having two defenders blocking his path. With Belgium in complete control, Wilmots introduced Batshuayi for his debut, and the 21-year-old Olympique de Marseille forward made it one to remember, scoring with an excellent right-foot effort from just outside the area.

Last updated: 31/10/16 13.45CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013931/postmatch/report/index.html#belgium+best+cyprus

Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Cyprus

Cyprus

1
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
12
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
2
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
4
MerkisGiorgos Merkis
3
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
8
KyriakouCharis Kyriakou
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
9
SotiriouPieros Sotiriou
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
10
MytidisNestor Mytidis
6
WitselAxel Witsel
13
MakridisConstantinos Makridis (C)
Substitution84
7
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
14
LabanVincent Laban
Substitution57
8
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Goal21
Goal66
Substitution69
15
AntoniadesMarios Antoniades
9
BentekeChristian Benteke
Goal35
Substitution77
19
LaifisKostas Laifis
10
E. HazardEden Hazard
Goal67
Substitution69
21
MakrisAntreas Makris
Substitution71
16
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
23
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou

Substitutes

13
GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
1
KittouAndreas Kittou (GK)
12
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
22
PanayiKostas Panayi (GK)
11
CarrascoYannick Carrasco
Substitution69
2
EleftheriouGeorge Eleftheriou
Substitution71
14
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution69
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
15
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
5
SielisValentinos Sielis
17
OrigiDivock Origi
7
EconomidesGeorgios Economides
Substitution57
18
DenayerJason Denayer
11
EnglezouNikos Englezou
19
DembéléMousa Dembélé
16
KolokoudiasGeorgios Kolokoudias
20
BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
Substitution77
Goal80
17
MintikkisCostas Mintikkis
21
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
18
ArtymatasKostakis Artymatas
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
20
KastanosGrigoris Kastanos
Substitution84
23
CimanLaurent Ciman

Coach

Marc Wilmots (BEL) Charalampos Christodoulou (CYP)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Octavian Șovre (ROU), Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

Fourth official

Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Cristian Balaj (ROU), Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)

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