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Hazard strike secures Belgium play-off spot

Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 22.48CET
Cyprus 0-1 Belgium
A late goal from Eden Hazard handed the Red Devils victory and left the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B qualifying positions all but sewn up.

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Match statistics

CyprusBelgium

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)46
 
54
Total attempts9
 
17
on target2
 
8
off target5
 
8
blocked2
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
6
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
12
Fouls suffered11
 
8

Standings

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Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 22.48CET

Hazard strike secures Belgium play-off spot

Cyprus 0-1 Belgium
A late goal from Eden Hazard handed the Red Devils victory and left the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B qualifying positions all but sewn up.

  • Eden Hazard scores decisive goal in 86th minute
  • Belgium guaranteed play-off spot
  • Cyprus unable to avenge 5-0 defeat in earlier meeting
  • Result means Wales still need a point to qualify
  • Next games: Israel v Cyprus, Andorra v Belgium (10 October)

Belgium moved to within touching distance of a spot at UEFA EURO 2016 after securing a hard-fought 1-0 win over hosts Cyprus and consolidating their hold on second place in qualifying Group B.

The victory clinched by Eden Hazard four minutes from time means Marc Wilmots's side are assured of a play-off spot thanks to their superior head-to-head record with Bosnia and Herzegovina. They will guarantee automatic qualification if they beat bottom-placed Andorra in their next match.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the first half in Nicosia, with Kevin De Bruyne going close on a number of occasions, yet despite their best efforts they could not find a way past Antonis Giorgallides in the Cyprus goal.

However, the loss of Christian Benteke, replaced at half-time by Divock Origi, seemed to dull Belgium's attacking edge and the game developed into a scrappy, battling affair, with both teams guilty of wasting possession in their haste to capitalise on the limited space available.

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Belgium celebrate making the breakthrough

Cyprus grew in confidence as the match wore on, with Constantinos Makridis and Georgios Economides both putting in industrious performances in midfield, yet that confidence was perhaps their undoing by committing men forward they left room at the back for Belgium to exploit.

In the 86th minute, a fine searching ball found substitute Dries Mertens in space on the left and his perfectly measured cutback meant Hazard could pick his spot; he placed the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net to secure his side a vital three points.

Last updated: 08/09/15 0.01CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014001/postmatch/report/index.html#belgium+leave+late

Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Belgium

Belgium

1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
1
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
2
Dossa JúniorDossa Júnior
2
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
4
DemetriouJason Demetriou
Yellow Card61
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
Yellow Card90+2
7
EconomidesGeorgios Economides
Yellow Card73
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
9
MytidisNestor Mytidis
Substitution11
6
WitselAxel Witsel
10
CharalambidesCostas Charalambides (C)
Substitution53
7
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
13
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
8
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Substitution64
15
AntoniadesMarios Antoniades
Yellow Card47
9
BentekeChristian Benteke
Substitution46
19
LaifisKostas Laifis
10
HazardEden Hazard
Goal86
21
MakrisAntreas Makris
18
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
23
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou
Substitution84
19
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen

Substitutes

12
NegriAlexandre Negri (GK)
12
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
22
PanayiKostas Panayi (GK)
13
GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
3
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
5
SielisValentinos Sielis
11
MirallasKevin Mirallas
6
AngeliAngelis Angeli
14
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution64
8
SotiriouPieros Sotiriou
Substitution11
15
DenayerJason Denayer
11
EnglezouNikos Englezou
16
DefourSteven Defour
14
LabanVincent Laban
Substitution53
17
OrigiDivock Origi
Substitution46
16
M. StylianouMarios Stylianou
20
R. LukakuRomelu Lukaku
17
KolokoudiasGeorgios Kolokoudias
21
JanuzajAdnan Januzaj
18
ArtymatasKostakis Artymatas
Substitution84
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
20
KastanosGrigoris Kastanos
23
CimanLaurent Ciman

Coach

Charalampos Christodoulou (CYP) Marc Wilmots (BEL)

Referee

Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Aleksei Eskov (RUS), Igor Fedotov (RUS)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
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  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution