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Belgium bow out on a high

Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.05CET
Belgium 3-2 Cyprus
Belgium may have had nothing to play for but they ended their Group 7 campaign in style with a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Cyprus.
by Berend Scholten
Belgium bow out on a high
Belgium coach Jean-François De Sart ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.05CET

Belgium bow out on a high

Belgium 3-2 Cyprus
Belgium may have had nothing to play for but they ended their Group 7 campaign in style with a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Cyprus.

Belgium may have had nothing to play for, but they ended their Group 7 campaign in style with a thrilling victory over Cyprus in Mons, coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

Vattis strikes
Cyprus were the better team in the first half and took the lead after 15 minutes through Andreas Avraam's deflected long-range strike. Jean-François De Sart's side recovered their poise after the break and early in the second period Giuseppe Rossini sent a header narrowly wide, before Sven Kums' shot was saved. Yet it was Cyprus who struck next, as Ilias Vattis converted a cross from the left to seemingly end Belgium's chances.

Rossini double
The 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finalists, however, brought themselves back into the game five minutes later when Alessandro Cordaro narrowed the deficit with a 20-metre strike. On the hour Cyprus were reduced to ten men as Georgios Shelis was sent off following a scuffle, and the hosts duly made their man advantage count. Rossini headed in Steven Jacob's cross in the 77th minute, then decided the contest six minutes from time when he turned in a centre from the left. Belgium finished the group in second place on eleven points, five above bottom side Cyprus, but nine behind table-topping Austria.

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Cyprus

Cyprus

1
SteppeKenny Steppe (GK)
1
AsprogenisNikolas Asprogenis (GK)
2
De MetsGertjan De Mets
Yellow Card6
8
KyriakouDimitris Kyriakou
Yellow Card40
3
BuyssensLudovic Buyssens
6
PanagiGeorgios Panagi (C)
4
CortjensWouter Cortjens
4
DimitriouAlexandros Dimitriou
5
BuysseBart Buysse
11
AvraamAndreas Avraam
Goal16
6
ColpaertSteve Colpaert (C)
2
IoannouOrthodoxos Ioannou
7
CaponBrecht Capon
Substitution46
17
ShelisGeorgios Shelis
Red Card61
8
WuytensStijn Wuytens
7
VattisIlias Vattis
Goal54
Substitution72
9
RossiniGiuseppe Rossini
Yellow Card79
Goal79
Goal86
Substitution87
16
DimitriouMichalis Dimitriou
Yellow Card45+3
Substitution81
10
CordaroAlessandro Cordaro
Goal59
Substitution75
9
ChristofiDimitris Christofi
11
KumsSven Kums
Yellow Card50
3
ZarnasKostantinos Zarnas
Substitution68

Substitutes

12
VerhulstDavino Verhulst (GK)
12
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
14
BlondelleSiebe Blondelle
14
EfthymiouChristos Efthymiou
Substitution68
15
HubertDavid Hubert
Substitution87
18
NikolaouChristos Nikolaou
Substitution72
16
VossenJelle Vossen
Substitution46
15
PanagiotouFeidias Panagiotou
17
JacobsSteven Jacobs
Substitution75
13
XenofontosChristos Xenofontos
10
EfremGeorge Efrem
Substitution81
19
KalosChrysostomos Kalos

Coach

Jean-François De Sart (BEL) Antros Kouloumbris (CYP)

Referee

Lars Christoffersen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Palle Udsen (DEN), Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)

Fourth official

Kenn Hansen (DEN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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