King Baudouin Stadium - Brussels 26/03/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group A

Belgium - FYR Macedonia
1-0
 

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Hazard gives Belgium the points against FYROM

Published: Tuesday 26 March 2013, 23.30CET
Belgium 1-0 FYROM
A well-taken goal by Eden Hazard ended the stiff resistance of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and kept Belgium on top in Group A.
Hazard gives Belgium the points against FYROM
Eden Hazard hits Belgium's winner against FYROM ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Belgium
FYROM

1

Goals scored

0

19

Total attempts

8

3

Attempts on target

2

10

off target

5

0

blocked

0

1

against woodwork

0

12

Corners

2

4

Offsides

0

1

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

9

Fouls committed

5

4

Fouls suffered

6

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 10:28 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

  
Published: Tuesday 26 March 2013, 23.30CET

Hazard gives Belgium the points against FYROM

Belgium 1-0 FYROM
A well-taken goal by Eden Hazard ended the stiff resistance of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and kept Belgium on top in Group A.

Eden Hazard's moment of individual inspiration was enough to give Belgium victory against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and keep them on top of Group A.

After a first half in which Belgium had most of the play but did not create many chances, Hazard came up trumps just after the hour in this FIFA World Cup qualifier. The visitors rallied after falling behind yet could not force an equaliser and remain second bottom of the section.

Belgium, with captain and centre-half Vincent Kompany back after a two-month injury lay-off, were in control from the start in Brussels. However, the hosts struggled to penetrate FYROM's well-organised defence and lone striker Christian Benteke was not getting much joy in attack.

Indeed, while Marc Wilmots's men won plenty of corners, they did not force a single save from goalkeeper Tome Pacovski in the opening period. The Red Devils were finding it equally tough following the break but, three minutes after he hit the bar, Hazard cut past two defenders before driving in what proved the winner. FYROM could not respond, and Belgium sit first in Group A, level on points with Croatia but with a superior goal difference.

Last updated: 08/05/14 5.43CET

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