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Ten-man Belgium hold off Israel to top Group B

Published: Tuesday 31 March 2015, 22.47CET
Israel 0-1 Belgium
Marouane Fellaini's early goal was enough to condemn Israel to another home defeat despite Vincent Kompany's second-half red card.
by Boaz Goren
from Itztstadion Teddy

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Match statistics

IsraelBelgium

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)45
 
55
Total attempts11
 
15
on target5
 
7
off target3
 
8
blocked3
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed13
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
12

Standings

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Published: Tuesday 31 March 2015, 22.47CET

Ten-man Belgium hold off Israel to top Group B

Israel 0-1 Belgium
Marouane Fellaini's early goal was enough to condemn Israel to another home defeat despite Vincent Kompany's second-half red card.

Belgium leapfrog Israel to join Wales at the Group B summit
Marouane Fellaini scores the only goal, his third in two games for the Red Devils
Visitors play last 26 minutes with ten men after Vincent Kompany is sent off
The Belgians' goal difference is seven better than that of Wales
Exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the match in Jerusalem
Next qualifiers: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Israel, Wales v Belgium (12 June)

Belgium moved level on points with Wales at the top of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group B as they scraped a victory in Jerusalem despite seeing captain Vincent Kompany dismissed.

The sides came into the match on the back of contrasting results – Belgium winning 5-0 on Saturday, while Israel lost 3-0 at home to Wales – and they were true to form in the first period. Marouane Fellaini scored his third goal in two games to give the visitors a ninth-minute lead, which they managed to preserve despite Kompany receiving a second yellow on 64 minutes.

Quickly picking up where they left off against Cyprus at the weekend, Marc Wilmots's men were quickly on the front foot and went ahead with the clock still in single figures. Radja Nainggolan's volleyed effort from a free-kick sliced off the midfielder's boot but fell to Kompany who had his attempt repelled by Ofir Marciano, only for Fellaini to convert the resulting tap-in.

It was one-way traffic and the Red Devils should have stretched their advantage before the interval, but Kevin De Bruyne skimmed a shot just wide of the right-hand post while Marciano saved well from Christian Benteke and Nainggolan blasted over from range.

It was a completely different story after the break as Eli Gutman's Israel came out with something to prove. Thibaut Courtois was required to be at his best as he stopped a pair of swerving thunderbolts from Eran Zahavi. The first, from a central position, was clawed away from the left of the Belgian keeper's goal, while a follow-up from the right edge of the box seemed destined for the top-right corner until a Courtois fingertip diverted its path.

Belgium's advantage looked tenuous once Kompany hauled back Zahavi as the No7 broke to receive a second booking, meaning the away team had Courtois to thank again as he proved a rock in the closing stages. The pick of his heroics came as he plunged to deny Ben Sahar's powerful strike, but there was no way through for third-placed Israel who have now lost their last two after opening with a trio of wins.

Last updated: 03/06/15 4.34CET

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Lineups

Israel

Israel

Belgium

Belgium

18
MarcianoOfir Marciano (GK)
1
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
3
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim (C)
2
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
Yellow Card19
4
BittonNir Bitton
3
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
Yellow Card75
5
GershonRami Gershon
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
Yellow Card11
Red Card64
6
NatchoBibras Natcho
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
7
ZahaviEran Zahavi
6
WitselAxel Witsel
8
HemedTomer Hemed
Substitution46
7
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
13
YeiniSheran Yeini
Yellow Card54
Substitution66
8
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Goal9
14
SaharBen Sahar
9
BentekeChristian Benteke
Substitution66
20
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush
Substitution84
10
E. HazardEden Hazard
Substitution63
21
DganiOrel Dgani
Yellow Card17
16
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
Substitution86

Substitutes

1
HarushAriel Harush (GK)
13
GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
23
HaimovGuy Haimov (GK)
12
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
2
DasaEli Dasa
11
CarrascoYannick Carrasco
9
RefaelovLior Refaelov
Substitution66
Yellow Card87
14
MertensDries Mertens
10
BardaElyaniv Barda
Substitution84
15
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
11
ShechterEtey Shechter
17
OrigiDivock Origi
Substitution86
12
Ben ChaimTal Ben Chaim
Substitution46
18
DenayerJason Denayer
Substitution66
15
TwathaTaleb Twatha
19
DembéléMousa Dembélé
16
KayalBeram Kayal
20
BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
17
BuzagloMaor Buzaglo
21
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
19
KehatRoi Kehat
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
Substitution63
22
DabburMunas Dabbur
23
CimanLaurent Ciman

Coach

Eli Gutman (ISR) Marc Wilmots (BEL)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Beck (ENG), Jake Collin (ENG)

Fourth official

Peter Kirkup (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Andre Marriner (ENG), Craig Pawson (ENG)

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