Scifo helps Belgium to overcome Yugoslavia in EURO 1984 Group 1

Belgium 2-0 Yugoslavia
Georges Grün and Erwin Vandenbergh scored; Enzo Scifo caught the eye.

Erwin Vandenbergh after scoring against Yugoslavia
Erwin Vandenbergh after scoring against Yugoslavia Icon Sport via Getty Images

Runners-up four years previously, Belgium got their 1984 campaign underway with a 2-0 victory against Yugoslavia.

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Shorn of a clutch of key defenders, any deficiencies in the Belgian back line were nevertheless masked by the midfield touch of 18-year-old Enzo Scifo. The youngest player ever to appear in the finals, Scifo was instrumental throughout. It was his corner which allowed Georges Grün, on his international debut, to head Belgium into a two-goal lead just after half-time.

Highlights: The best goals of EURO 1984
Highlights: The best goals of EURO 1984

Erwin Vandenbergh was the man who had set the ball rolling in the 28th minute, collecting Walter de Greef's pass, turning and shooting into the net via a deflection off Srečko Katanec. Yugoslavia never managed to make their presence felt and made only one real chance of note, Belgium goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff proving to be as reliable as ever when called upon.

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Lineups

Belgium: Pfaff; De Wolf, Clijsters (Lambrichts 34), De Greef, Grün; Ceulemans (c), Vercauteren, Vandereycken, Scifo; Claesen, Vandenbergh
Substitutes: none listed
Coach: Guy Thys

Yugoslavia: Simonović; Hadžibegić, Zajec (c), Katanec, Nenad Stojković; Gudelj, Šestić, Baždarević (Dragan Stojković 60); Vujović (Cvetković 79), Sušić, Halilović
Substitutes: none listed
Coach: Todor Veselinović

Referee: Erik Fredriksson (Sweden)