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Belgium 3-1 Italy

Gianluigi Buffon is beaten by a lob from Belgium's Kevin de Bruyne

Kevin de Bruyne and Jan Vertonghen both scored as Belgium came from behind in Brussels to end a run of 12 successive defeats against Italy.

Antonio Candreva put Italy ahead in the third minute but Tottenham's Vertonghen headed an equaliser and Manchester City winger De Bruyne lobbed in the second.

Michy Batshuayi claimed a third to seal Belgium's fifth win over Italy.

There was a minute's applause in memory of the 39 fans who died before the 1985 Liverpool-Juventus European Cup final.

Belgium went into the game as the number-one ranked team in the world and enhanced their billing as one of the favourites for Euro 2016 next summer with an impressive performance.

A banner at the game between Belgium and italy remembering those who lost their lives in the Heysel Stadium disaster
Players from both sides remembered the 39 supporters - most of whom were Italian - who lost their lives when a wall at the Heysel Stadium collapsed before the 1985 European Cup final

The home side fell behind after three minutes when Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet saved well from Southampton striker Graziano Pelle but was beaten by Candreva's follow-up.

But Vertonghen headed the equaliser from a De Bryune corner 10 minutes later, his first goal of the season.

Belgium were missing injured Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany but went ahead in the 74th minute when City team-mate De Bruyne lifted the ball over Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon after he had saved from Batshuayi.

Substitute Batshuayi then completed the scoring from close range seven minutes from the end.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said: "The spirit of the group is perfect. Collectively we kept our cool, came back, and won."

A banner at the game between Belgium and italy remembering those who lost their lives in the Heysel Stadium disaster
Supporters also paid tribute to the supporters who died at the Heysel Stadium
The scoreboard at the game between Belgium and italy remembering those who lost their lives in the Heysel Stadium disaster
Names of the supporters who died ahead of the 1985 European Cup final were displayed on the scoreboard at the ground now known as the King Baudouin Stadium

Line-ups

Belgium

  • 1Mignolet
  • 16CavandaSubstituted forDenayerat 63'minutes
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 3Lombaerts
  • 5VertonghenBooked at 25mins
  • 17CarrascoSubstituted forMirallasat 87'minutes
  • 6WitselBooked at 33mins
  • 18Nainggolan
  • 10E Hazard
  • 7De Bruyne
  • 9R LukakuSubstituted forBatshuayiat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Defour
  • 8Meunier
  • 11Mirallas
  • 12Sels
  • 13Gillet
  • 14Kums
  • 15Denayer
  • 19Dembélé
  • 20Benteke
  • 21Depoitre
  • 22Batshuayi
  • 23Vermaelen

Italy

  • 1Buffon
  • 4Darmian
  • 19BonucciSubstituted forBarzagliat 90+2'minutes
  • 3ChielliniBooked at 34mins
  • 2De SciglioSubstituted forAntonelliat 90'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24FlorenziSubstituted forEl Shaarawyat 80'minutes
  • 8Marchisio
  • 16ParoloSubstituted forSorianoat 60'minutes
  • 6Candreva
  • 9PellèSubstituted forOkakaat 80'minutes
  • 17ÉderBooked at 27minsSubstituted forZazaat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Astori
  • 7Zaza
  • 11Cerci
  • 12Sirigu
  • 13Antonelli
  • 14El Shaarawy
  • 15Barzagli
  • 18Montolivo
  • 20Okaka
  • 21Soriano
  • 22Gabbiadini
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 25Acerbi
  • 26Padelli
  • 27Perin
  • 28Bonaventura
  • 29De Silvestri
Referee:
Szymon Marciniak

Match Stats

Home TeamBelgiumAway TeamItaly
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Belgium 3, Italy 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Belgium 3, Italy 1.

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

Foul by Jason Denayer (Belgium).

Stefano Okaka (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Belgium).

Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Andrea Barzagli replaces Leonardo Bonucci.

Attempt saved. Stephan El Shaarawy (Italy) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefano Okaka with a through ball.

Booking

Luca Antonelli (Italy) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luca Antonelli (Italy).

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Luca Antonelli replaces Mattia De Sciglio.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Kevin Mirallas replaces Yannick Carrasco.

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Belgium) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Belgium 3, Italy 1. Michy Batshuayi (Belgium) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yannick Carrasco with a through ball.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Matteo Darmian.

Attempt missed. Stephan El Shaarawy (Italy) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Simone Zaza.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Simone Zaza replaces Éder.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Stefano Okaka replaces Graziano Pellè.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Stephan El Shaarawy replaces Alessandro Florenzi.

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).

Giorgio Chiellini (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

Attempt saved. Graziano Pellè (Italy) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alessandro Florenzi with a cross.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

Goal!

Goal! Belgium 2, Italy 1. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Michy Batshuayi (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Matteo Darmian.

Attempt missed. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Axel Witsel (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Italy).

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Alessandro Florenzi (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Belgium).

Roberto Soriano (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Italy. Mattia De Sciglio tries a through ball, but Antonio Candreva is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Jason Denayer replaces Luis Pedro Cavanda.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Michy Batshuayi replaces Romelu Lukaku.

Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Belgium).

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