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Belgian comeback too much for Bosnians

Published: Thursday 3 September 2015, 23.30CET
Belgium 3-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belgium fought back to tighten their grip on second spot in Group B with strikes from Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.
by David Crossan
from King Baudouin Stadium

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Match statistics

BelgiumBosnia and Herzegovina

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)63
 
37
Total attempts16
 
8
on target6
 
5
off target9
 
1
blocked1
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
6
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
11

Standings

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Published: Thursday 3 September 2015, 23.30CET

Belgian comeback too much for Bosnians

Belgium 3-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belgium fought back to tighten their grip on second spot in Group B with strikes from Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

Edin Džeko's headed opener cancelled out by Marouane Fellaini’s header from corner
Kevin De Bruyne fires Belgium in front before half-time; Eden Hazard seals win from spot
Bosnia and Herzegovina suffer first qualifying loss under Mehmed Baždarević
Next games: Cyprus v Belgium, Bosnia and Herezgovina v Andorra (Sunday)

Belgium enhanced their prospects of automatic qualification from UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group B with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Brussels.

In a match billed as Belgium's biggest since the FIFA World Cup, the capacity crowd were stunned as Edin Džeko converted Bosnia and Herzegovina's first chance on 15 minutes. Conceding spurred second-placed Belgium into action and goals from Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard ensured Marc Wilmots's side could put their last qualifier, a loss to group leaders Wales, behind them.

Džeko had given his country the lead when these two teams drew 1-1 earlier in qualifying and did the same on the quarter-hour to the delight of a massive travelling contingent. Full-back Mensur Mujdža was allowed to advance unchallenged down the right and scooped up a cross which was expertly headed into the corner by the Bosnian captain from beyond the penalty spot.

Belgium exacted swift retribution as Fellaini equalised eight minutes later with an emphatic header from a De Bruyne corner. Fellaini, loping forward from his midfield role in the 4-3-3 system, was becoming increasingly influential. Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku also threatened as the hosts played with greater urgency.

Belgium looked rejuvenated and grabbed the lead on the stroke of half-time as De Bruyne turned and shot beyond Asmir Begović after patient build-up play. In the second half Thibaut Courtois beat away an explosive Haris Medunjanin volley, before Hazard sealed the win with a confident penalty he had earned when fouled by Ognjen Vranješ. There was no way back for Mehmed Baždarević's team.

Last updated: 05/09/15 0.08CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013973/postmatch/report/index.html#belgium+bosnians

Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
1
BegovićAsmir Begović (GK)
2
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
4
SpahićEmir Spahić
Substitution56
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
5
KolašinacSead Kolašinac
Yellow Card54
Substitution72
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
6
VranješOgnjen Vranješ
6
WitselAxel Witsel
7
BešićMuhamed Bešić
7
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
Goal44
Substitution89
8
MedunjaninHaris Medunjanin
Substitution80
8
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Goal23
10
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
9
R. LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Substitution82
11
DžekoEdin Džeko (C)
Goal15
10
E. HazardEden Hazard
Goal78
13
MujdžaMensur Mujdža
18
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
16
LulićSenad Lulić
Yellow Card87
19
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
19
VišćaEdin Višća

Substitutes

13
GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
22
BurićJasmin Burić (GK)
12
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
12
ŠehićIbrahim Šehić (GK)
3
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
2
KvesićJosip Kvesić
11
MirallasKevin Mirallas
3
BičakčićErmin Bičakčić
14
MertensDries Mertens
Substitution89
9
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
Substitution80
15
DenayerJason Denayer
14
ZecErmin Zec
16
DefourSteven Defour
15
ŠunjićToni Šunjić
Substitution56
Yellow Card77
17
OrigiDivock Origi
Substitution82
17
VrancicMario Vrancic
20
JanuzajAdnan Januzaj
18
AničićMarin Aničić
21
BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
20
I. HajrovicIzet Hajrovic
Substitution72
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
21
HadžićAnel Hadžić
23
BoyataDedryck Boyata
23
DjurićMilan Djurić

Coach

Marc Wilmots (BEL) Mehmed Baždarević (BIH)

Referee

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Alvaro Mesquita (POR)

Fourth official

Nuno Pereira (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Xistra (POR), Tiago Martins (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution