National Arena Filip II Macedonian - Skopje 22/03/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group A

FYROM - Belgium
0-2
 

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Belgium forge on with victory in Skopje

Published: Saturday 23 March 2013, 0.10CET
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 0-2 Belgium
Marc Wilmots' Group A leaders have yet to concede an away goal in the section after a victory secured by Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.
by Emil Gasevski
Belgium forge on with victory in Skopje
Belgium enjoy their second goal in Skopje ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

FYROM
Belgium

0

Goals scored

2

15

Total attempts

12

6

Attempts on target

7

6

off target

4

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

5

2

Offsides

2

4

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

12

6

Fouls suffered

9

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Saturday 23 March 2013, 0.10CET

Belgium forge on with victory in Skopje

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 0-2 Belgium
Marc Wilmots' Group A leaders have yet to concede an away goal in the section after a victory secured by Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

Belgium registered their fourth win in five matches in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group A, triumphing 2-0 against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

De Bruyne put the visitors in charge after 26 minutes, doubling his international tally in the process. Hazard made sure of the points from the penalty spot just after the hour as Marc Wilmots' section leaders recorded their third consecutive competitive away victory.

FYROM, though, could have taken the lead with their first attack, Thibaut Courtois managing to block Adis Jahovik's header following captain Goran Pandev's left-wing cross. Cedomir Janevski's side continued to press, Ivan Trickovski the next to threaten with a header from Agim Ibraimi's free-kick.

However the visitors, level on points with Croatia, gradually gained control, and after Tome Pacovski had denied Christian Benteke and Toby Alderweireld, De Bruyne fared better having skipped past Aleksandar Lazevski on the left.

Pandev and Ibraimi, whose shot was saved by Courtois, tried their luck before the break, before Belgium again showed a more clinical edge. Hazard, having been felled by Lazevski, picked himself up to beat Pacovski from the spot after 62 minutes.

Now in total control, Belgium passed up a chance for a third when De Bruyne was picked out in the penalty area by Hazard. The teams meet again on Tuesday, when second-placed Croatia play Wales in Swansea.

Last updated: 08/05/14 6.10CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/worldcup/season=2014/matches/round=2000294/match=2008530/postmatch/report/index.html#leaders+belgium+forge

Lineups

FYROM

FYROM

Belgium

Belgium

1Tome Pacovski (GK)1Thibaut Courtois (GK)
2Aleksandar Todorovski2Toby Alderweireld
4Nikolce Noveski3Thomas Vermaelen (C)
36
5Boban Grncarov
68
5Jan Vertonghen
7Ivan Tričkovski6Axel Witsel
9Adis Jahović
58
7Kevin De Bruyne
26
10Goran Pandev (C)8Mousa Dembélé
11Feran Hasani
82
9Christian Benteke
85
17Muhamed Demiri
40
10Eden Hazard
62
18Aleksandar Lazevski
62
11Marouane Fellaini
19Agim Ibraimi15Daniel Van Buyten

Substitutes

12Martin Bogatinov (GK)12Simon Mignolet (GK)
23Kristijan Naumovski (GK)21Jean-François Gillet (GK)
6Vance Sikov4Vincent Kompany
8Dejan Blazevski13Laurent Ciman
13Stefan Ristovski14Dries Mertens
14Aleksandar Trajkovski16Nacer Chadli
85
15Daniel Mojsov17Kevin Mirallas
20Ostoja Stjepanovic18Steven Defour
21Mirko Ivanovski
58
76
19Jelle Vossen
22Darko Tasevski
82
20Romelu Lukaku
22Timmy Simons
23Sébastien Pocognoli

Coach

Cedomir Janevski (MKD) Marc Wilmots (BEL)

Referee

Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Assistant referees

Guido Kleve (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Marco Fritz (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • FYROM

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Belgium, 26 March 2013, 1-0
  • Belgium

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v FYROM, 26 March 2013, 1-0
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