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Scotland - Belgium
Euro Qualifying - 9 September 2019
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The Kevin De Bruyne Show comes to an end, and Scotland will be glad to see the back of him.
Three assists and then one late goal for the Manchester City playmaker. Stunning individual performance, and Lukaku, Vermaelen and Alderweireld will all be grateful for the midfielder's input too.
Belgium stay perfect. Scotland slip to fifth....
Verschaeren denied a debut goal as Marshall gets down to make a smart save.
- OffThomas MeunierBelgium
- OnBenito RamanBelgium
And another Belgium debut, this time for Raman.
THREE minutes added on.
What a night for Kevin De Bruyne...
- OffRyan ChristieScotland
- OnJohn McGinnScotland
And on comes McGinn for Scotland too.
- OffYouri TielemansBelgium
- OnYari VerschaerenBelgium
A senior debut for Verschaeren...
It's Lukaku who this time finds De Bruyne, and he curls a first-time effort into the far corner.
Three assists. One goal. Man of the match.
- GoalKevin De BruyneBelgium
GOAL FOR DE BRUYNE!
What a masterclass from the Manchester City playmaker.
- Yellow cardThomas VermaelenBelgium
A needless yellow for Vermaelen after he catches Christie. Can't have any complaints, although he does complain.
- OffNacer ChadliBelgium
- OnYannick CarrascoBelgium
And here comes Carrasco for Chadli...
- OffMatthew PhillipsScotland
- OnJohnny RussellScotland
Second Scotland change with Russell coming on...
Almost an own goal from Robertson... who gets his clearance wrong after Lukaku just misses out on heading it in.
De Bruyne then almost gets a fourth assist when Alderweireld meets his corner, but he shoots straight at Marshall.
Scotland slipping to fifth as it stands in Group I...
WIDE! 'Nooooo!' you can hear De Bruyne cry, as he takes a touch 18 yards out before rolling an effort narrowly wide.
A cross is just a tad high for Phillips, who can only head it into the air, and then McTominay concedes a foul after seemingly going down and touching the ball with his arm.
First sub of the evening as Armstrong replaces McGregor.
Belgium just enjoying the lion's share of possession but are in no rush to attack. All about avoiding injury you'd think - the points are in the bag.
De Bruyne's corner causes a bit of bother but Scotland eventually clear.
Another promising Scotland attack ends when Christie's effort is blocked and makes its way through to Courtois. Belgium happy to coast through this half it would seem.
That being said.... they go on the counter as Lukaku picks out De Bruyne, but his effort is blocked and goes out for a corner...
- Yellow cardScott McTominayScotland
Now it's a yellow for McTominay after he catches Mertens. That means he'll miss the trip to Russia next month.
OVER! Snodgrass can only send it over the bar after it beats the wall. Not enough dip.
This time Alderweireld brings down Christie and Scotland have a free-kick 20 yards out.........
- Yellow cardStephen O'DonnellScotland
YELLOW FOR DIVING! A deserved booking for simulation as O'Donnell desperately throws himself down in the Belgium box. Well caught by the referee.
There's been an opening goal in Northern Ireland's game with Germany...
A silly moment for Meunier as seen on a replay, but his little kick out doesn't quite catch Robertson, whose protests fall on deaf ears.
De Bruyne helping everyone out tonight.
CHANCE! Great build-up from Scotland and Robertson almost sneaks one in from a tight angle, but Courtois saves with his feet to deny the Liverpool full-back.
GOOD SAVE! Mertens darts inside and looks to curl one into the far corner, but Marshall stretches to tip it behind for a corner, which comes to nothing for Belgium.
Can only imagine a host of club managers are watching this second half thinking, go easy lads...
BLOCKED! Scotland come out firing and it's McLean who sees his effort blocked before a McTominay strike deflects its way towards Courtois. An uplifting start to the second half for Scotland and their fans.
- 2nd Half
Right then. We're back. Will Belgium take their foot off the gas or keep motoring on? (The latter, probably)
Or can Scotland mount an unlikely comeback? (No, would be my guess)
- End of 1st Half
No added time and that's the half - which is met by a few jeers - all too easy for Belgium who have been simply sensational when going forward. Three assists for De Bruyne, and Scotland - despite their bright start - find themselves 3-0 down with their hopes of automatic qualification all-but over.
Elsewhere in Group I - it's Russia 0-0 Kazakhstan - so it's not mathematically over for Scotland just yet.
SAVE! De Bruyne is enjoying the freedom of Scotland tonight, and his cross this time finds Lukaku, who takes a touch before firing a low shot straight at Marshall.
WIDE! Another De Bruyne cross rolls along the six-yard box and finds Meunier beyond the back post, but his effort can only find the side netting.
Have to feel sorry for the Scotland fans, but perhaps some part of them is enjoying this attacking masterclass from Belgium and De Bruyne in particular - perhaps not, mind...
A hat-trick of assists for De Bruyne, two goals for defenders, and that is the first time in 40 years Scotland have conceded three in the first half at home.
Belgium just so happened to be the side that last did so in 1979.
Make that THREE assists for De Bruyne, whose cross finds Alderweireld, and from just in front of the penalty spot, his header hits the bar and bounces a yard or so over the line.
- GoalToby AlderweireldBelgium
This time it's Alderweireld - this is getting embarrassing...
JUST WIDE! Now that's close... A clearance can only find Tielemans on the edge of the area, and he strikes it sweetly in the air, only to see it sail a whisker wide of the far post.
That double blow has really taken the sting out of Scotland, who started off the better side.... Clarke will already be thinking about March's play-offs...
That's two assists then for De Bruyne and we're not even half an hour in. The second one is a beaut - he really does deserve to be in the debate regarding the best crossers in the game. Of all time is a bit of a push, but at the moment, he's undoubtedly up there.
- GoalThomas VermaelenBelgium
De Bruyne plays a short corner and it almost goes wrong, but when he receives the ball back he sends in a wicked cross to pick out Vermaelen, who fires in from six yards out on his 75th cap for Belgium.
- GoalThomas VermaelenBelgium
Who else but Thomas Vermaelen?!
Belgium have their first corner of the match, and Robertson heads it out for their second of the match...
Elsewhere - you can follow Northern Ireland's match at home to Germany...
OVER! Searching for Goal No 50 in a Belgium shirt, Lukaku plays it to De Bruyne before a lovely ball back over the top finds the forward, who latches onto it too early, sending it high and wide when he perhaps should have let it come across his body. But who am I to tell a player with 26 goals in his last 22 internationals.
From defence to attack in 14 seconds......
Scotland earn themselves another corner, and it's a good one from Snodgrass, but it's Alderweireld who gets his head to it.
You almost expect four to become five or six tonight for Lukaku...
Now that's quick - Belgium had the ball in the back of the Scotland net FOURTEEN SECONDS after Snodgrass took his free-kick, which made its way into the Belgium box.
So, so clinical from Belgium. Seconds after they deal with a Scotland cross, Mertens plays it forward for De Bruyne, who carries it and carries it before laying it over to Lukaku, who slots it beyond Marshall.
- GoalRomelu LukakuBelgium
GOAL! LUKAKU FOR BELGIUM!
A devastating counter attack just moments after Scotland whipped a free-kick into the Belgium box...
Snodgrass' corner is cleared by Alderweireld and there's just a short break in play after Christie clatters into Mertens, who takes a while to get up but looks fine.
It's a decent start from Scotland in truth. Holding their own albeit just six minutes in and enjoying the majority of possession.
The hosts continue to push, and this time Snodgrass sees his effort deflect over for a corner...
Mertens gifts the ball to McLean as Scotland go on the attack, but a cross-field ball for Robertson goes astray.
Another attack from the hosts sees Robertson cross in but it's straight at Courtois.
Lukaku scored twice in June when these two sides met in Brussels. You'd back the Inter man to be first goalscorer tonight as they bid to maintain their 100% record in qualifying.
- 1st Half
Mission impossible for Scotland? Let's find out...
Lukaku gets us under way.
Right then. Teams are out. Time for the national anthems then we'll be good to go.
Scotland’s tough task – At the halfway stage of the campaign, Scotland find themselves six points behind second-placed Russia, with only the top two automatically qualifying. The good news for the Scots is that they won their Nations League group last year, meaning they will definitely have another shot in the play-offs in March 2020.
Belgium’s perfect 2019 – Five wins from five in Group I, Roberto Martinez’s side have scored 15 goals and conceded one in their qualifying campaign so far. The absent Eden Hazard, and substitute tonight Michy Batshuayi, both have three goals apiece.
For Scotland, it’s four changes from Friday’s 2-1 home defeat to Russia as Kenny McLean, Ryan Christie, Robert Snodgrass and Matt Phillips replace John McGinn, James Forrest, Ryan Fraser and Oli McBurnie.
Belgium, the No 1 ranked side in the world, are without the Hazard brothers – Eden and Thorgan – while Vincent Kompany and Axel Witsel are also out due to injury. Romelu Lukaku returns to British shores to spearhead Belgium’s attack.
Belgium XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Meunier, Tielemans, Dendoncker, Chadli, Mertens, De Bruyne, Lukaku.
Subs: Carrasco, Batshuayi, Vanaken, Sels, Verschaeren, Praet, Mignolet, Januzaj, Origi, Benteke, Raman.
Scotland XI: Marshall, O'Donnell, Mulgrew, Cooper, Robertson, McGregor, McLean, McTominay, Christie, Phillips, Snodgrass.
Subs: MacGillivray, Russell, McBurnie, Fraser, McLaughlin, Forrest, McGinn, Bates, Armstrong, Devlin, Taylor.
Evening! The international break continues with a Monday evening of entertainment, and here we’re following Scotland vs Belgium in Group I of the European Qualifiers.
Scotland’s hopes of automatic qualification hangs by a thread as they welcome a Belgium side who have won all five group games so far. Will we see a shock at Hampden Park?
Kick-off is at 7.45pm. But first, let’s take a look at those teams…