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Belgium finish with a flourish in Cyprus

Published: Friday 5 September 2014, 18.53CET
Cyprus 0-6 Belgium
Johan Walem's side ended a run of three games without a win in style to conclude their Group 9 campaign on a victorious note.
by John Leonidou
from Larnaca
Belgium finish with a flourish in Cyprus
Michy Batshuayi scored twice for Belgium ©Press Eye (Belfast)
Published: Friday 5 September 2014, 18.53CET

Belgium finish with a flourish in Cyprus

Cyprus 0-6 Belgium
Johan Walem's side ended a run of three games without a win in style to conclude their Group 9 campaign on a victorious note.

Belgium concluded their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 9 campaign with a comfortable win against ten-man Cyprus – although their hopes of a top-two finish remain in the balance.

Johan Walem's side kicked off level with Serbia on 13 points and one ahead of Italy but having played a game more than each. Belgium had taken only one point from their previous three qualifiers but made an early breakthrough in Larnaca when Youri Tielemans robbed Panos Theodorou and gave them a 13th-minute lead with a wonderful strike.

Belgium made the game safe with two more goals either side of the hour, Junior Malanda's header setting up Jason Denayer to make it two before Dennis Praet played in captain Paul-José Mpoku for No3. Cyprus' woes deepened in the 65th minute when Kostas Laifis was dismissed for a foul on Malanda, Michy Batshuayi scoring twice on the counterattack in the final 16 minutes and substitute Nathan Kabasele adding a volleyed sixth in added time as Belgium made their numerical advantage tell.

Italy's victory against Serbia later in the evening kept them a point behind Belgium, but both they and third-placed Serbia could overhaul Belgium on the final day of qualifying. Belgium can only watch the conclusion of Group 9 and will look to Cyprus for a favour as they travel to Italy on Tuesday.

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.28CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Belgium

Belgium

1
MytidisZannettos Mytidis (GK)
12
SelsMatz Sels (GK)
3
LaifisKostas Laifis
Red Card65
3
DenayerJason Denayer
Goal57
Yellow Card60
5
ChristofidesAndreas Christofides
5
De BockLaurens De Bock
Yellow Card33
Substitution73
6
TheodorouPanos Theodorou
6
MalandaJunior Malanda
8
FroxyliasDimitris Froxylias
7
MpokuPaul-José Mpoku (C)
Yellow Card55
Goal63
Substitution68
10
RoushiasOnisiforos Roushias (C)
Substitution46
8
TielemansYouri Tielemans
Goal13
11
EnglezouNikos Englezou
10
PraetDennis Praet
15
PanayiotouAntreas Panayiotou
13
FoketThomas Foket
18
PoutziourisMarios Poutziouris
Substitution70
14
BrunoMassimo Bruno
Yellow Card39
Substitution68
19
DemetriouMarios Demetriou
Substitution46
15
GodeauBruno Godeau
20
ThemistocleousAndreas Themistocleous
22
BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
Goal74
Goal83

Substitutes

12
PanayiKostas Panayi (GK)
1
CoosemansColin Coosemans (GK)
2
KousoulosIoannis Kousoulos
21
HubertGuillaume Hubert (GK)
4
IoannouNicholas Ioannou
Substitution70
2
NgawaPierre-Yves Ngawa
7
KyprianouDimitris Kyprianou
Substitution46
4
MecheleBrandon Mechele
Substitution73
9
SotiriouPieros Sotiriou
Substitution46
9
KabaseleNathan Kabasele
Substitution68
Goal90+2
16
KosmasLoizos Kosmas
16
Van der BruggenHannes Van der Bruggen
17
MoulazimisDimitris Moulazimis
17
VanakenHans Vanaken
Substitution68

Coach

Loukas Hadjiloukas (CYP) Johan Walem (BEL)

Referee

Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)

Assistant referees

Evgeni Belski (KAZ), Anatoli Hodin (KAZ)

Fourth official

Aleksandr Gauzer (KAZ)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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