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Belgium overcome Israel to clinch Group B

Published: Tuesday 13 October 2015, 22.37CET
Belgium 3-1 Israel
The Red Devils got the victory they needed to top qualifying Group B, Dries Mertens, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard scoring in the second half.
by Derek Brookman
from King Baudouin Stadium

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Match statistics

BelgiumIsrael

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)62
 
38
Total attempts26
 
6
on target9
 
2
off target11
 
2
blocked6
 
2
against woodwork1
 
1
Corners7
 
2
Offsides3
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
4
Fouls suffered4
 
7

Standings

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Tuesday 13 October 2015, 22.37CET

Belgium overcome Israel to clinch Group B

Belgium 3-1 Israel
The Red Devils got the victory they needed to top qualifying Group B, Dries Mertens, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard scoring in the second half.

  • Belgium win qualifying Group B after defeating Israel
  • Dries Mertens, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard score in the second half
  • Tomer Hemed pulls one back for Israel with two minutes left
  • Israel finish fourth and miss out on the play-offs

Dries Mertens, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard scored second-half goals as Belgium beat Israel 3-1 in Brussels to top UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group B.

With Belgium keen to end their qualification campaign as section winners they immediately put the visitors under pressure. Three chances were created within the first five minutes, although none resulted in a shot on target. With Hazard, De Bruyne, Mertens and Radja Nainggolan probing from all angles, the Israel midfield frequently dropped back to form an eight-man barrier in front of the penalty box.

Yet it was Eli Gutman's side who almost broke the deadlock when Eran Zahavi's free-kick evaded Simon Mignolet's grasp and cannoned off a post.

Vertonghen's Belgian pride

The respite was brief. De Bruyne tore down the right and delivered a beautiful low cross that Ofir Marciano deflected sufficiently to disorient Mertens, who shot wide. As the half progressed, however, the Belgian attacks became less potent and Marciano had few saves to make.

Romelu Lukaku had a glorious opportunity early in the second period after a mistake by Eytan Tibi enabled him to round Marciano, but his effort ruffled the side netting. Vincent Kompany then headed a De Bruyne corner straight into the keeper's arms.

With Wales having taken the lead against Andorra it was imperative for Belgium to score in order to retain their grip on Group B – they duly obliged. De Bruyne fed Mertens, who created space for himself in the area before beating Marciano at his near post.

De Bruyne then scored direct from a free-kick for the second game in succession and soon after Hazard made certain of the points with an assured finish. Tomer Hemed's 88th-minute header mattered little.

Last updated: 15/10/15 0.01CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014068/postmatch/report/index.html#belgium+group+b

Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Israel

Israel

1
MignoletSimon Mignolet (GK)
18
MarcianoOfir Marciano (GK)
2
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
3
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim (C)
3
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
6
D. PeretzDor Peretz
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
Substitution58
7
ZahaviEran Zahavi
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
Yellow Card45+2
8
KayalBeram Kayal
Substitution66
7
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
Yellow Card33
Goal78
10
HemedTomer Hemed
Goal88
8
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Substitution66
12
Ben ChaimTal Ben Chaim
Substitution59
9
R. LukakuRomelu Lukaku
Substitution65
13
YeiniSheran Yeini
Substitution77
10
E. HazardEden Hazard
Goal84
19
DganiOrel Dgani
14
MertensDries Mertens
Goal64
20
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush
18
NainggolanRadja Nainggolan
21
TibiEytan Tibi

Substitutes

12
SelsMatz Sels (GK)
1
LeviBarak Levi (GK)
13
GilletJean-François Gillet (GK)
23
HaimovGuy Haimov (GK)
6
WitselAxel Witsel
Substitution66
2
DavidzadaOfir Davidzada
11
BakkaliZakaria Bakkali
4
ElkayamOded Elkayam
15
BoyataDedryck Boyata
5
MeliksonMaor Melikson
16
KumsSven Kums
9
DabburMunas Dabbur
17
OrigiDivock Origi
Substitution65
14
VermouthGil Vermouth
Substitution77
19
MeunierThomas Meunier
Substitution58
15
Tzedek                        Shir Tzedek
20
DepoitreLaurent Depoitre
16
RikanAvi Rikan
Substitution59
Yellow Card76
21
Cavanda Luis Cavanda
17
KehatRoi Kehat
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
22
DamariOmer Damari
Substitution66
23
J. LukakuJordan Lukaku

Coach

Marc Wilmots (BEL) Eli Gutman (ISR)

Referee

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)

Fourth official

Christos Akrivos (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution