Belgium 3-0 Czechia
Goals: R. Lukaku (8e), E. Hazard (41e) & Saelemaekers (65e)
The Devils take their ease.
An always untenable Romelu Lukaku, an Eden Hazard to (re) give a smile and an impressive collective mastery. Belgium had a great evening to dominate the Czech Republic (3-0) and – almost – hand over Group E of these qualifiers.
And who other than the ogre Lukaku to come and fill up the spaces left from the first minutes? Perfectly launched by Vanaken, the striker from Chelsea comes to execute Tomáš Vaclík from close to put his team on the right track (1-0, 8e). The Red Devils striker lurks a permanent danger in the box, whether it is with his head (23e), or in force to solicit the substitute Jindrich Stanek (31e), each time put into orbit by a very leggy Eden Hazard. The wisp trained at LOSC is also rewarded before the break after a great collective action and a heel from Hans Vanaken (2-0, 41e). And the Národní tým in all of that ? The quarter-finalist of the last Euro is finally dangerous thanks to Tomáš Souček, who stumbles on Thibaut Courtois just before the break (45e+2).
The visitors accelerate after returning from the locker room, but Courtois is a great goalkeeper: the last rampart of Real Madrid relieves the King Baudouin stadium by exiting perfectly in front of Matěj Vydra (48e), before making a spectacular save to deprive Adam Hložek of the reduction of the gap (63e). Immediate punishment with a new heel-based construction signed Hazard and Lukaku to send Saelemaekers piercing the opposing net for the third time of the evening (3-0, 65e). Game, set and match for the Red Devils, who push their evening opponent to six points.
Qatar is not far away.
Belgium (3-4-3): T. Courtois – Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen – Castagne, Tielemans (Dendoncker, 81e), Witsel, Y. Carrasco (Saelemaekers, 57e) – Vanaken (Lukebakio, 81e), R. Lukaku (Batshuayi, 81e), E. Hazard (Trossard, 73e). Breeder: Roberto Martínez.
Czechia (4-2-3-1): Vaclík (Stanek, 14e) – Coufal, Kaša, Kalas, Matějů – Souček, Holeš – Pešek (Zmrhal, 66e), Barák (Král, 77e), Hložek (Wiesner, 77e) – Vydra (Tecl, 66e). Breeder: Jaroslav Šilhavý.