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Patient Belgium sink Slovenia

Published: Tuesday 8 September 2009, 19.45CET
Belgium 2-0 Slovenia
The home side are the pacesetters in Group 8 after making it two wins from as many games with two second-half strikes.
by Berend Scholten
Patient Belgium sink Slovenia
Jean-François De Sart's side have yet to concede in qualifying ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 8 September 2009, 19.45CET

Patient Belgium sink Slovenia

Belgium 2-0 Slovenia
The home side are the pacesetters in Group 8 after making it two wins from as many games with two second-half strikes.

Belgium are the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8 pacesetters after making it two wins from their opening two matches by beating Slovenia 2-0.

Oblak saves
After defeating Malta 1-0 in their first match, Belgium kept another clean sheet against a physically strong Slovenia side at the 't Kuipje Stadium in Westerlo and eventually broke down their opponents with second-half goals from Radja Nainggolan and substitute Romelu Lukaku. Chances were scarce in the first half with Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak turning away efforts from Jelle Vossen and Stijn Wuytens.

Key substitutions
Coach Jean-François De Sart brought on R. Standard de Liège winger Mehdi Carcela-González for Sven Kums at the start of second half and it led to more pressure on the visiting defence. The Red Devils finally broke through after 56 minutes when midfielder Nainggolan drilled a 25-metre effort in off the underside of the bar. Vossen was replaced by 16-year-old RSC Anderlecht prospect Lukaku on 71 minutes and the tall striker doubled the score within six minutes, wriggling away from three defenders before finishing decisively.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.12CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
1
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
2
KitokoRitchie Kitoko
2
SkubičNejc Skubič
3
AarabNaim Aarab
3
ŠkarabotMatija Škarabot
Yellow Card43
4
Van GijseghemDaan Van Gijseghem
4
BačinovićArmin Bačinović
Yellow Card29
Substitution74
6
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
Goal56
Yellow Card58
5
ZecDarko Zec
Yellow Card24
7
MunungaJoachim Mununga
Yellow Card45
Substitution87
6
BalažicGregor Balažic
8
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja (C)
7
TolimirNikola Tolimir
9
VossenJelle Vossen
Substitution71
8
OmladičNik Omladič
Yellow Card59
Substitution63
10
KumsSven Kums
Substitution46
9
MatavžTim Matavž
Substitution85
17
De LaetRitchie De Laet
10
MiheličRene Mihelič (C)
18
WuytensStijn Wuytens
11
VelikonjaEtien Velikonja

Substitutes

12
BaguetteCyprien Baguette (GK)
12
VidmarNejc Vidmar (GK)
5
HuyghebaertJeremy Huyghebaert
13
MajerAleš Majer
11
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
Substitution46
14
RepRajko Rep
13
BiemansBart Biemans
15
MijatovičBoris Mijatovič
14
CaponBrecht Capon
Substitution87
16
MarčetaDanijel Marčeta
Substitution63
15
LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Substitution71
Goal77
17
PlutVito Plut
Substitution85
16
MujangiBia Mujangi
18
GeričDejan Gerič
Substitution74

Coach

Jean-François De Sart (BEL) Tomaž Kavčič (SVN)

Referee

Petteri Kari (FIN)

Assistant referees

Miikka Poikselkä (FIN), Matti Heininen (FIN)

Fourth official

Ville Järvenpää (FIN)

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