12 Jun Belgium v Scotland Match Report, 11/06/2019, EC Qualification
Belgium earned a win over Scotland that has been a whole lot more comfortable than the scoreline suggested thanks to Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne.
Romelu Lukaku continued his handsome global form using a double as Belgium eased to a 3-0 win over Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying.
Belgium have won four from four games in Group I following a success in Brussels on Tuesday that rarely seemed in doubt.
Manchester United ahead Lukaku scored in each half to create it 25 global goals in his past 21 looks and actually he ought to quite possibly have completed with five or four to his title.
Kevin De Bruyne secured the win with a 20-yard hit in stoppage time as Steve Clarke suffered his first defeat as Scotland boss and his side today sit three points supporting second-placed Russia.
FULL TIME | Belgium 3 – 0 Scotland
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) June 11, 2019
Belgium dominated a first half which saw the people squander their sole opportunity via Oliver Burke and shed Stuart Armstrong to injury, with off goalkeeper David Marshall economy well from De Bruyne ancient on.
Another attempt from De Bruyne was beautifully tilted off from the upper corner Marshall, before the Manchester City celebrity laid on that a fantastic close-range opportunity for Lukaku the striker somehow managed to block his foot.
However, Lukaku composed for this 1 moment to first-half stoppage time, climbing above Scott McKenna to thump into a header from six yards following Eden Hazard had connected up with his brother Thorgan and drifted at a smart cross.
Lukaku couldn’t convert a superb headed opportunity early in the second half, while De Bruyne’s free-kick was rescued by Marshall.
However, the powerhouse striker got his second later 57 minutes, tapping in a rebound after Marshall tipped an attempt from De Bruyne, that Scotland claimed was offside at the accumulation.
Lukaku twice fired just wide as he hunted a hat-trick, while Thibaut Courtois affirmed his clean sheet using a secret late save from McKenna until De Bruyne netted after a neat exchange with replacement Dries Mertens to provide the scoreline a more realistic appearance.
What exactly does it imply? Belgium in management
Belgium have won four consecutive games in qualifying and therefore are creating fluent, attacking performances with the likes of De Bruyne and Hazard instrumental. Displays in this way make it appear very unlikely they’ll be prevented from asserting a smooth passage into the Euros.
Hazard magnificent before Real Madrid coming
Real Madrid fans could have enjoyed what they saw out of in-form Hazard, who made seven opportunities and was a continuous threat to finish his year on a top.
Scotland desire more from McTominay
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Scotland don’t have lots of players playing for important clubs, so that they want more from people who do like United’s Scott McTominay, who surrendered four fouls, didn’t create a single opportunity because of their team-mates and also watched little of the chunk.
What is next?
Belgium possess a simpler mission on September 6 when they travel to San Marino, which will be when Scotland host Russia at a very important competition for its race to finish second.