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Belgium up and running against Cyprus

Published: Monday 25 March 2013, 22.45CET
Belgium 2-0 Cyprus
Goals at the start of either half from Paul-José Mpoku and Maxime Lestienne, the latter a penalty, earned the home side a comfortable win.
by Berend Scholten
from FC ZD Oud-Heverlee stadion
Belgium up and running against Cyprus
Maxime Lestienne, pictured here in action for Club Brugge, scored one and set up the other ©Getty Images

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Published: Monday 25 March 2013, 22.45CET

Belgium up and running against Cyprus

Belgium 2-0 Cyprus
Goals at the start of either half from Paul-José Mpoku and Maxime Lestienne, the latter a penalty, earned the home side a comfortable win.

Belgium made a solid start to 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying after goals at the beginning of each half at home to Group 9 rivals Cyprus.

Any latecomers among the 4,000 spectators in Leuven were punished as Paul-José Mpoku broke the deadlock inside three minutes, firing in from the edge of the area. The hosts allowed them a little more time to find their seats in the second period, eight minutes passing before Maxime Lestienne converted from the spot after Nikos Englezou had brought down Mpoku.

Club Brugge KV midfielder Lestienne had been the scourge of Cyprus from the off, setting up the opener and rattling the crossbar on 19 minutes, yet Belgium got little tangible reward for their dominance. Cyprus had goalkeeper Zannettos Mytidis to thank as he stood up well to deny Igor Vetekele, Dennis Praet, Lestienne and substitute Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.44CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Cyprus

Cyprus

1
CasteelsKoen Casteels (GK) (C)
1
MytidisZannettos Mytidis (GK)
2
VervoortJonathan Vervoort
2
MoulazimisDimitris Moulazimis
Yellow Card16
3
HeylenMichael Heylen
3
LaifisKostas Laifis
Substitution46
4
De BockLaurens De Bock
5
ChristofidesAndreas Christofides
Yellow Card72
5
GodeauBruno Godeau
6
TheodorouZacharias Theodorou
6
MalandaJunior Malanda
7
EnglezouNikos Englezou
Yellow Card53
7
LestienneMaxime Lestienne
Goal53
Substitution86
8
PanagiotouEmilios Panagiotou
10
PraetDennis Praet
9
SotiriouPieros Sotiriou (C)
15
HazardThorgan Hazard
Yellow Card39
Substitution86
10
ArtymatasKostakis Artymatas
17
MpokuPaul-José Mpoku
Goal3
13
FurlongeAnthony Furlonge
Substitution67
20
VetokeleIgor Vetokele
Substitution78
17
KyriakouCharis Kyriakou
Substitution73

Substitutes

12
CoosemansColin Coosemans (GK)
12
LoizouGiorgos Loizou (GK)
8
Van der BruggenHannes Van der Bruggen
Substitution86
4
EconomouDimitris Economou
11
BrunoMassimo Bruno
11
AndreouKristis Andreou
Substitution73
13
LukakuJordan Lukaku
14
KyprouTheodosis Kyprou
14
NtambweBrice Ntambwe
16
KrassasKyriakos Krassas
Substitution67
16
Ferreira-CarrascoYannick Ferreira-Carrasco
Substitution78
18
Marko CharalampousMarko Charalampous
19
De BelderDylan De Belder
Substitution86
19
C. CharalambousChristos Charalambous
Substitution46

Coach

Johan Walem (BEL) Savvas Paraskevas (CYP)

Referee

Markus Hameter (AUT)

Assistant referees

Christian Trunner (AUT), Markus Katona (AUT)

Fourth official

Manfred Krassnitzer (AUT)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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