De Bruyne masterclass as Belgium puts four past Scotland


Kevin de Bruyne wass pulling all the strings in Belgium's convincing 4:0 (3:0) win over Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow. The guests continued their brilliant run in the EURO qualifiers that saw them have a perfect record after six matches and the goal difference of 19:1.

A brilliant, energetic counter-attack in the 9' minute brought Belgium the lead. Dries Mertens took the no-man's ball following a Scotland free-kick, played Kevin de Bruyne on and the Manchester City found Romelu Lukaku on the other side for a clinical finish.

In the 24' minute, De Bruyne set up the second goal for his nation as Thomas Vermaelen converted his cross following a short corner and confusion in Scotland's box. It was the first goal in the Belgium shirt for the former Arsenal captain in 10 years.

The third goal for Belgium was scored from a regular corner, as De Bruyne got his assist hat-trick and Toby Alderweireld directed the ball behind the line. Just over it, as the ball hit the goalpost and went just slightly in.

Scotland looked toothless, the only two notable tries were easy pickings for Thibaut Courtois, and the best attack came in the 50' minute from Andrew Robertson as he shot near the goal line but was denied by the keeper. On the other hand, Belgium always had better chances in both halves.

In the 82' minute, Lukaku was polite enough to return the favour to De Bruyne and sent an inviting ball to the best player on the pitch. A precise shot from the left side of the box decided the final score.

A message-sending victory from Belgium that is saying that the last year's World Cup in Russia wasn't the last and missed chance for this generation to do something. Currently, the side led by Roberto Martinez looks like the best team on the continent alongside Portugal and the Netherlands, even without the Hazard brothers who were injured.


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