Bel­gium soars, Po ugal sur­vive scare in qual­i­fiers

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

BEL­GIUM ham­mered Es­to­nia 8-1 to ad­vance out of Group H, while Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scored twice as Por­tu­gal sur­vived a scare be­fore over­com­ing Latvia 4-1 in World Cup qual­i­fy­ing on Novem­ber 13.

There were braces from Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens as Bel­gium ran ram­pant with more goals from Thomas Me­u­nier, Eden Hazard, Yan­nick Car­rasco and an own goal to make it four wins from four.

In the same group Greece scored a 95th-minute equaliser through Gior­gos Tza­vel­las after a free-kick had given Bos­nia the lead as the ball re­bounded back off the post and in off goal­keeper Orestis Karnezis.

The point for Greece means they have 10 from four games in Group H, two be­hind the Bel­gians.

Gi­bral­tar made a piece of his­tory, scor­ing their first-ever World Cup qual­i­fier away goal be­fore ag­o­nis­ingly fall­ing to Cyprus, 3-1.

Ron­aldo helped Por­tu­gal re­cover from a sec­ond-half wob­ble in Lis­bon to re­main three points adrift of Group B lead­ers Switzer­land.

Ear­lier in Group B, the Faroe Is­lands were sim­i­larly plucky in soggy Lucerne, where Switzer­land scored seven min­utes from the end through Stephan Licht­steiner to grind out a 2-0 vic­tory and main­tain their 100 per­cent record.

In the same group Hun­gary ham­mered An­dorra 4-0 at home.

Out-of-favour Manch­ester United winger Mem­phis De­pay scored twice off the bench to save the Nether­lands in Lux­em­bourg.

The 3-1 vic­tory keeps the mis­fir­ing Dutch in the hunt for a place at Rus­sia 2018, but they will need to play bet­ter if they are to trump the twin threats of table-top­pers France and Swe­den in Group A.

Ar­jen Robben, whose bril­liant ca­reer has been blighted by in­jury, failed to make it out for the sec­ond half. Wes­ley Snei­jder was also hooked at the break.

Also in Group A, Bul­garia edged Be­larus 1-0 in Sofia. –

Photo: AFP

Bel­gium’s Thomas Me­u­nier breaks free of Es­to­nia’s Siim Luts dur­ing a World Cup qual­i­fier on Novem­ber 13. Bel­gium won 8-1.

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