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BelgiumBelgiumKing Baudouin Stadium - BrusselsSunday 13 November 2016
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Group H - Matchday 4
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
14/10/2009QR (GS)Estonia - Belgium2-0
TallinnPiiroja 30, Vassiljev 67
06/09/2008QR (GS)Belgium - Estonia3-2
LiegeSonck 39, 80, Defour 75; Zenjov 57, Oper 90+2
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/10/2003PR (GS)Belgium - Estonia2-0
LiegePiiroja 44 (og), Buffel 60
16/10/2002PR (GS)Estonia - Belgium0-1
TallinnSonck 2
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Squad list Only this chapter

Belgium - Squad list
Current season
-Simon Mignolet06/08/198828Liverpool - 0000
-Matz Sels26/02/199224Newcastle - 0000
-Thibaut Courtois11/05/199224Chelsea - 3000
-Laurent Ciman05/08/198531Montreal - 2000
-Jan Vertonghen24/04/198729Tottenham - 3000
-Luis Cavanda 02/01/199125Galatasaray - 0000
-Thomas Meunier12/09/199125Paris - 3000
-Thomas Foket25/09/199422Gent - 0000
-Timmy Simons11/12/197639Club Brugge - 0000
-Kevin Mirallas05/10/198729Everton - 2000
-Steven Defour15/04/198828Burnley - 1000
-Axel Witsel12/01/198927Zenit - 3100
-Eden Hazard07/01/199125Chelsea - 3200
-Kevin De Bruyne28/06/199125Man. City - 1000
-Thorgan Hazard29/03/199323Mönchengladbach - 0000
-Dries Mertens06/05/198729Napoli - 2100
-Yannick Carrasco04/09/199323Atlético - 3100
-Leander Dendoncker15/04/199521Anderlecht - 0000
-Youri Tielemans07/05/199719Anderlecht - 0000
-Christian Benteke03/12/199025Crystal Palace - 2300
-Romelu Lukaku13/05/199323Everton - 2300
-Michy Batshuayi02/10/199323Chelsea - 2000
-Divock Origi18/04/199521Liverpool - 0000
-Roberto Martínez13/07/197343 - 3000
Estonia - Squad list
Current season
-Mihkel Aksalu07/11/198432Seinäjoki - 3000
-Pavel Londak14/05/198036Rosenborg - 0000
-Andreas Vaikla19/02/199719Norrköping - 0000
-Ragnar Klavan30/10/198531Liverpool*3000
-Gert Kams25/05/198531Flora - 2000
-Ken Kallaste31/08/198828Korona - 2000
-Nikita Baranov19/08/199224Flora*3000
-Artur Pikk05/03/199323BATE - 1000
-Karol Mets16/05/199323Viking*3000
-Vladimir Avilov10/03/199521FCI Tallinn - 0000
-Aleksandr Dmitrijev18/02/198234FCI Tallinn*1000
-Konstantin Vassiljev16/08/198432Jagiellonia - 3100
-Taijo Teniste31/01/198828Sogndal - 3000
-Siim Luts12/03/198927Bohemians 1905 - 2000
-Sergei Mošnikov07/01/198828FCI Tallinn - 2100
-Henrik Ojamaa20/05/199125Go Ahead Eagles - 1000
-Janar Toomet10/08/198927Kalju - 0000
-Pavel Marin14/06/199521Levadia - 1000
-Ats Purje03/08/198531Kalju - 1000
-Henri Anier17/12/199025Kalmar - 2000
-Martin Reim14/05/197145 - 2000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Roberto Martínez

Date of birth: 13 July 1973
Nationality: Spanish
Playing career: Real Zaragoza, CF Balaguer, Wigan Athletic FC, Motherwell FC, Walsall FC, Swansea City AFC, Chester City FC
Coaching career: Swansea City AFC, Wigan Athletic FC, Everton FC, Belgium

• Born in Catalonia, Martínez started out with home-town club Balaguer before joining Zaragoza aged 16. The bulk of his three years there were spent in the youth and B teams, with a solitary appearance for the senior side before he returned to Balaguer in 1994, also running the club's football school.

• Moved to England and Wigan in 1995, forming the 'Three Amigos' with fellow Spaniards Jesús Seba and Isidro Díaz; spent six years with the club, helping them win the third division title in 1997 and the Football League trophy two years later.

• A year with both Motherwell and Walsall preceded a lengthier spell at Swansea between 2003 and 2006, Martínez aiding the club to promotion to League One. After a season with Chester, he returned to south Wales in 2007, initially as player-manager before quickly hanging up his boots.

• Guided Swansea to the League One championship in 2008 before leaving for Premier League Wigan the following year. Inspired an unlikely escape from relegation in 2011/12 and landed the Latics' first major trophy with victory against Manchester City FC in the FA Cup final 12 months later – although three days after that landmark triumph, Wigan were relegated.

• Martínez remained a man in demand and was appointed Everton manager in June 2013, steering the club to fifth place with their record Premier League points tally in his first term. Everton reached the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 16 and both domestic cup semi-finals in the next campaign, but indifferent league form meant Martínez was dismissed in May 2016. Appointed Belgium coach three months later in the wake of Marc Wilmots' departure.



Martin Reim

Date of birth: 14 May 1971
Nationality: Estonian
Playing career: FC Tallinna Lõvid, SK Tallinna Sport, FC Norma Tallinn, FC Flora Tallinn (twice), Lelle SK, Kotkan TP, JK Tervis Pärnu, Viimsi JK
Coaching career: FC Flora Tallinn, Estonia U18, Estonia U21, Estonia U23, Estonia

• Reim was a defensive midfielder whose international career spanned 17 years after his debut for the newly-independent nation in June 1992 against Slovenia, a 1-1 draw. He won his 157th cap (a European record since surpassed by Latvia's Vitālijs Astafjevs) in June 2009, six months after ending club career.

• Took first steps in the game alongside goalkeeper Mart Poom. Began career in Soviet Estonia's top division aged 16, finishing top scorer in 1990 while playing for Norma.

• Spent bulk of his club career (a combined 16 years) in two stints at Flora, retiring with seven titles and three Estonian Cups to his name. He also reached the Finnish Cup final during his only overseas spell, 18 months at Kotkan.

• Returned to Flora as head coach in December 2009, having served as assistant to Janno Kivisild in the latter part of his playing career; won the Estonian title in 2010 and 2011. Lifted the Estonian Cup in 2012, but left a few months later and established a football academy in Tallinn.

• Has since coached Estonia at various levels – youth, U21s and U23s – with some success. Was named successor to Magnus Pehrsson as senior Estonia coach on 14 September 2016 in the wake of a 5-0 defeat away to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first match of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAlexandru Tudor (ROU)
  • Assistant refereesVasile Florin Marinescu (ROU) , Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
  • Fourth officialIstván Kovács (ROU)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerMilovan Djukanović (MNE)
  • Referee observerKaj Østergaard (DEN)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Alexandru Tudor13/09/1971477

Alexandru Tudor

Referee since: 1990
First division: 1999
FIFA badge: 2001

Tournaments: 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, 2001 UEFA European Under-16 Championship


FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
12/12/2013UELGSFC ThunKRC Genk0-1Thun
27/08/2015UELPOR. Standard de LiègeMolde FK3-1Liege

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group H - Group Standings
    Bosnia and Herzegovina3201746
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Cyprus 0-3 Belgium
    0-1 R. Lukaku 13, 0-2 R. Lukaku 61, 0-3 Carrasco 81
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Fellaini (84 Nainggolan), R. Lukaku (73 Batshuayi), Hazard, Meunier, Carrasco
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Belgium 4-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    1-0 Spahić 26 (og) , 2-0 Hazard 29, 3-0 Alderweireld 60, 4-0 R. Lukaku 79
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Witsel, Carrasco, Fellaini, R. Lukaku (82 Benteke), Hazard (87 Mirallas), Mertens, Meunier, J. Lukaku (21 Ciman)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium
    0-1 Benteke 1, 0-2 Witsel 19, 0-3 Benteke 43, 0-4 Mertens 51, 0-5 Benteke 56, 0-6 Hazard 79
    Courtois, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Witsel, Carrasco (53 Chadli), Hazard, Mertens (64 Mirallas), Meunier, Defour, Benteke (80 Batshuayi), Ciman
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina-Belgium
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-0 Estonia
    1-0 Spahić 7, 2-0 Džeko 23 (P) , 3-0 Medunjanin 71, 4-0 Ibišević 83, 5-0 Spahić 90+2
    Aksalu, Pikk, Zenjov (71 Henri Anier), Vassiljev, Klavan, Antonov (86 Sappinen), Mets, Kallaste, Kams (46 Kruglov), Baranov, Teniste
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Estonia 4-0 Gibraltar
    1-0 Käit 47, 2-0 Vassiljev 52, 3-0 Käit 70, 4-0 Mošnikov 88
    Aksalu, Käit (80 Lepistu), Kruglov, Henri Anier, Zenjov (65 Ojamaa), Vassiljev (61 Mošnikov), Klavan, Luts, Mets, Baranov, Teniste
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Estonia 0-2 Greece
    0-1 Torosidis 2, 0-2 Stafylidis 60
    Aksalu, Dmitrijev (79 Mošnikov), Marin, Zenjov, Vassiljev, Klavan, Luts (69 Purje), Mets, Kallaste, Baranov, Teniste (31 Kams)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Estonia-Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on