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Buoyant Belgium overpower stubborn Scotland

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 22.55CET
Belgium 2-0 Scotland
It took time, but Christian Benteke and Vincent Kompany finally beat an inspired Allan McGregor as the hosts maintained their unbeaten start.
Buoyant Belgium overpower stubborn Scotland
Christian Benteke leads the Belgium celebrations after his effort ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

BelgiumScotland

Goals scored2
 
0
Total attempts22
 
4
Attempts on target8
 
3
off target11
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners6
 
3
Offsides4
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
10
Fouls suffered8
 
13

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 10:34 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 22.55CET

Buoyant Belgium overpower stubborn Scotland

Belgium 2-0 Scotland
It took time, but Christian Benteke and Vincent Kompany finally beat an inspired Allan McGregor as the hosts maintained their unbeaten start.

Two goals in three minutes midway through the second half gave Belgium a deserved 2-0 victory over Scotland in Brussels.

It was a third qualifying win in four matches for Marc Wilmots' unbeaten side, who remain top of Group A on goal difference. However only after 69 minutes did Christian Benteke and Vincent Kompany finally break the resistance of a magnificent Allan McGregor in the Scotland goal.

Dynamic and incisive from the outset, Belgium were only denied a third-minute lead by an astounding trio of saves from McGregor. The keeper twice diverted Dries Mertens efforts from point-blank range before somehow foiling Nacer Chadli – a player he frustrated further soon after. Scotland tried to regroup and Shaun Maloney twice saw free-kicks pawed away by Thibaut Courtois on rare forays forward, but Belgium ran the show, and Chadli and Moussa Dembélé both went close.

Benteke headed Toby Alderweireld's cross against the bar and McGregor squeezed away Kevin De Bruyne's swerving shot as Belgium's pressure intensified after the restart. The Scotland custodian was powerless, however, to stop Benteke's thumping back-post header from De Bruyne's cross on 69 minutes, or indeed captain Kompany's drive just two minutes later. It was a strike that deserved to settle any contest, as the centre-back swiftly shuffled the ball between his feet to work a glimpse of goal before rifling into the top-right corner.

Belgium will continue their bid for a first FIFA World Cup appearance since 2002 with a double header with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in March. As for struggling Scotland they will host Wales then still seeking their first win.

Last updated: 19/10/12 10.18CET

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Lineup

Belgium

Belgium

Scotland

Scotland

1Thibaut Courtois (GK)1Allan McGregor (GK)
Yellow Card61
2Toby Alderweireld2Alan Hutton
3Thomas Vermaelen4Christophe Berra
4Vincent Kompany (C)
Goal71
5Gary Caldwell
5Jan Vertonghen6Shaun Maloney
6Axel Witsel7Darren Fletcher (C)
7Kevin De Bruyne9Steven Fletcher
Substitution76
8Mousa Dembélé
Substitution46
11James Morrison
Substitution80
9Christian Benteke
Goal69
Substitution87
13James McArthur
11Nacer Chadli
Yellow Card81
15Kris Commons
Substitution46
14Dries Mertens
Substitution56
20Daniel Fox

Substitutes

12Simon Mignolet (GK)21David Marshall (GK)
21Jean-François Gillet (GK)12Matthew Gilks (GK)
10Eden Hazard
Substitution46
3Charlie Mulgrew
13Laurent Ciman8Scott Brown
15Ilombe Mboyo
Substitution87
10Charlie Adam
16Daniel Van Buyten14Kenny Miller
Substitution76
17Kevin Mirallas
Substitution56
16Jamie Mackie
Substitution46
18Steven Defour17Russel Martin
19Nicolas Lombaerts18Matthew Phillips
Substitution80
20Jelle Vossen19Andy Webster
22Timmy Simons
23Guillaume Gillet

Coach

Marc Wilmots (BEL) Craig Levein (SCO)

Referee

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Magnus Lundberg (NOR)

Fourth official

Espen Berntsen (NOR)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Belgium

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v FYROM, 22 March 2013, 0-2
  • Scotland

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Wales, 22 March 2013, 1-2
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