World Cup Qualifying - European - Group E
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Belgium 8-0 Belarus: Leandro Trossard scores twice in crushing win

Hans Vanaken scores Belgium's second goal against Belarus
Belgium have scored 12 goals in three World Cup 2022 qualifying matches

Brighton's Leandro Trossard and Leicester's Dennis Praet scored their first Belgium goals in a crushing World Cup 2022 qualifying win over Belarus.

Michy Batshuayi got the first before Hans Vanaken's volley made it 2-0 to the number one team in Fifa's rankings.

Trossard's exquisite finish from 22 yards extended the lead before Jeremy Doku added the fourth before half-time.

Praet netted the fifth, late goals by Christian Benteke, Trossard and Vanaken completing the rout.

The result lifted Belgium, with seven points from three games, to the top of Group E.

Belgium's players lined up in T-shirts with the words "football supports change" before kick-off
Belgium's players lined up in T-shirts with the words "football supports change" before kick-off

The Czech Republic had started the day at the summit but dropped to second after losing to Wales.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez could even afford the luxury of leaving star players Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku on the bench for his team's third match of this qualifying campaign.

They were not required as Belgium eased to victory, Martinez's side 5-0 ahead inside 50 minutes as they opened up a three-point lead at the top of the group.

Before kick-off, the Belgium team came on to the field wearing black T-shirts featuring the words "football supports change", in reference to the well-publicised plight of migrant workers in Qatar, hosts of the next World Cup.

It followed similar messages to those promoted by the Netherlands, Norway and Germany teams in the past few days.

Belgium are three points clear at the top of Group E

Line-ups

Belgium

Formation 3-4-3

  • 12Mignolet
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 4DenayerSubstituted forBoyataat 45'minutes
  • 5VertonghenSubstituted forDendonckerat 64'minutes
  • 15Meunier
  • 19PraetSubstituted forTielemansat 71'minutes
  • 17Vanaken
  • 10T Hazard
  • 11Trossard
  • 23BatshuayiSubstituted forBentekeat 64'minutes
  • 22DokuSubstituted forJanuzajat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kaminski
  • 3Boyata
  • 6Dendoncker
  • 7De Bruyne
  • 8Tielemans
  • 9Lukaku
  • 13Casteels
  • 14Mertens
  • 16Saelemaekers
  • 18Januzaj
  • 20Benteke
  • 21Castagne

Belarus

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Gutor
  • 13PodstrelovSubstituted forSignevichat 45'minutes
  • 3Pavlovets
  • 4Naumov
  • 5Polyakov
  • 2Yuzepchuk
  • 22Stasevich
  • 15KislyakSubstituted forMaevskiat 61'minutes
  • 23KendyshSubstituted forBakharat 87'minutes
  • 9NgomeSubstituted forSavitskiyat 45'minutes
  • 17LisakovichSubstituted forKlimovichat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Klimovich
  • 7Laptev
  • 8Savitskiy
  • 10Bakhar
  • 11Signevich
  • 12Chichkan
  • 14Yablonski
  • 16Pavlyuchenko
  • 18Maevski
  • 19Shvetsov
  • 20Antilevski
  • 21Bordachev
Referee:
Donatas Rumsas

Match Stats

Home TeamBelgiumAway TeamBelarus
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home21
Away4
Shots on Target
Home15
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Belgium 8, Belarus 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Belgium 8, Belarus 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Belgium 8, Belarus 0. Hans Vanaken (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adnan Januzaj.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Belarus. Ivan Bakhar replaces Jury Kendysh.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leandro Trossard (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hans Vanaken (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Hans Vanaken.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Thorgan Hazard (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Thomas Meunier.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Belgium. Adnan Januzaj replaces Jéremy Doku.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Belgium 7, Belarus 0. Leandro Trossard (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jéremy Doku with a through ball.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Belarus. Vladislav Klimovich replaces Vitali Lisakovich.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hans Vanaken (Belgium) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Aleksandr Pavlovets.

  16. Post update

    Dedryck Boyata (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Mikalay Signevich (Belarus).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Belgium. Youri Tielemans replaces Dennis Praet.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Belgium 6, Belarus 0. Christian Benteke (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Thomas Meunier (Belgium) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal32106337
2Serbia32107527
3Luxembourg210123-13
4R. of Ireland200224-20
5Azerbaijan200213-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden22004046
2Spain21103214
3Greece10101101
4Georgia200213-20
5Kosovo100103-30

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy22004046
2Switzerland22004136
3Lithuania100101-10
4Northern Ireland100102-20
5Bulgaria200215-40

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France21103124
2Finland20203302
3Ukraine20202202
4Bos-Herze10102201
5Kazakhstan100102-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium3210122107
2Czech Rep31117434
3Wales210123-13
4Belarus2101410-63
5Estonia2002410-60

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark2200100106
2Austria21105324
3Scotland20203302
4Faroe Islands201124-21
5Israel201113-21
6Moldova201119-81

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Turkey321010557
2Netherlands320111476
3Montenegro32016336
4Norway32014316
5Latvia301247-31
6Gibraltar3003114-130

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia32014136
2Football Union of Russia32016426
3Slovakia31204315
4Cyprus31111104
5Slovenia310223-13
6Malta301238-51

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22007076
2Poland21106334
3Hungary21106334
4Albania210112-13
5Andorra200204-40
6San Marino200208-80

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany22004046
2Armenia22003036
3North Macedonia21017343
4Romania21013303
5Iceland200205-50
6Liechtenstein200206-60
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