Stadion FK Crvena zvezda - Belgrade 12/10/2012 - 20:30CET (20:30 local time)

Qualifying round - Group A

Serbia - Belgium
0-3
 

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High-flying Belgium too strong for Serbia

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 23.34CET
Serbia 0-3 Belgium
Goals from Christian Benteke, Kevin De Bruyne and Kevin Mirallas ensured Marc Wilmots's side earned an away win to sit top of Group A.
by Aleksandar Bošković
High-flying Belgium too strong for Serbia
Christian Benteke shows his delight after giving Belgium the lead in Serbia ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Serbia
Belgium

0

Goals scored

3

16

Total attempts

12

6

Attempts on target

8

8

off target

3

0

blocked

0

1

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

5

1

Offsides

3

1

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

8

Fouls committed

12

12

Fouls suffered

8

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 12:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 23.34CET

High-flying Belgium too strong for Serbia

Serbia 0-3 Belgium
Goals from Christian Benteke, Kevin De Bruyne and Kevin Mirallas ensured Marc Wilmots's side earned an away win to sit top of Group A.

Belgium secured their second win in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group A against Serbia to go top of the section and extend their unbeaten start to the campaign.

The hosts dominated early on but Christian Benteke's goal on 34 minutes changed the course of the game. Belgium grew into the contest and doubled their advantage after the break thanks to Kevin De Bruyne's strike. Their impressive performance was complete in added time when substitute Kevin Mirallas finished off a swift counterattack to crown a memorable night.

Serbia made a fast start and almost took the lead on two minutes only for Zoran Tošić to miss the target with a shot from the edge of the penalty area. The PFC CSKA Moskva midfielder spurned another good opportunity when one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois just past the half-hour and Belgium quickly made them pay.

Aston Villa FC's Benteke timed his run perfectly and lost his marker to head in De Bruyne's cross from close range. The visitors then controlled proceedings after the break and De Bruyne extended the lead with a well-placed finish on 68 minutes.

Mirallas came off the substitutes' bench to complete the scoring in added time and keep Belgium on course for Brazil 2014. They host Scotland on Tuesday, when Serbia travel to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Last updated: 08/05/14 7.35CET

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Lineups

Serbia

Serbia

Belgium

Belgium

23Željko Brkić (GK)1Thibaut Courtois (GK)
4Milan Biševac2Toby Alderweireld
5Matija Nastasić3Thomas Vermaelen
6Branislav Ivanović (C)4Vincent Kompany (C)
7Zoran Tošić
Substitution67
5Jan Vertonghen
10Dušan Tadić
Substitution81
6Axel Witsel
Yellow Card53
11Aleksandar Kolarov
Yellow Card48
7Kevin De Bruyne
Goal68
Substitution87
16Srdjan Mijailović8Mousa Dembélé
17Aleksandar Ignjovski9Christian Benteke
Goal34
Yellow Card35
19Filip Djuričić
Substitution56
10Eden Hazard
Substitution55
21Lazar Marković11Nacer Chadli

Substitutes

1Bojan Jorgačević (GK)12Simon Mignolet (GK)
2Nenad Tomović13Laurent Ciman
3Nikola Maksimović14Dries Mertens
Substitution55
8Radosav Petrović15Ilombe Mboyo
9Dejan Lekić
Substitution81
16Daniel Van Buyten
12Damir Kahriman (GK)17Kevin Mirallas
Substitution87
Goal90+1
13Aleksandar Luković18Steven Defour
14Nemanja Matić19Nicolas Lombaerts
15Alen Stevanović
Substitution67
20Jelle Vossen
18Marko Šćepović
Substitution56
21Jean-François Gillet (GK)
20Neven Subotić22Timmy Simons
22Nenad Krstičić

Coach

Siniša Mihajlović (SRB) Marc Wilmots (BEL)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Martin Wilczek (CZE), Antonin Kordula (CZE)

Fourth official

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Serbia

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v FYROM, 16 October 2012, 1-0
  • Belgium

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Scotland, 16 October 2012, 2-0
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