Belgium 6-1 Cyprus: Roberto Martinez’s side end qualifying with perfect record

Belgium 6-1 Cyprus: Roberto Martinez’s side end qualifying with perfect record

November 19, 2019

Belgium concluded their successful Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with an emphatic win over Cyprus in Brussels.

Kevin de Bruyne scored twice for the hosts, who surprisingly fell behind to Nicholas Ioannou’s fine strike.

Christian Benteke levelled with the first of his two goals, as Yannick Carrasco and an own goal by Kypros Christoforou added to the scoring.

Roberto Martinez’s side finish top of Group I after scoring 40 goals and winning all 10 of their matches.

Belgium, who have never lost to Cyrpus, have now won 14 of their 16 matches since finishing third at the World Cup finals in Russia in 2018.

Despite being stunned when Ioannou scored a superb individual goal, for much of the match Belgium looked irresistible as they swept forward at every opportunity.

De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Carrasco all came to the fore, while Benteke, who recently ended his international goal drought against San Marino, could on another occasion have registered at least a hat-trick.

The only slight concern for Martinez will have been the ease with which Ioannou raced through to score, with Jan Vertonghen’s absence from the backline clearly felt.

However, while Cyprus became only the second team to score against Belgium in the group, Martinez’s side go into next summer’s tournament with the joint best defensive record of any qualifying nation after conceding just three goals.

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Cyprus

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Belgium 6, Cyprus 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Belgium 6, Cyprus 1.

Attempt blocked. Kostakis Artymatas (Cyprus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Youri Tielemans (Belgium).

Grigoris Kastanos (Cyprus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Cyprus. Kostakis Artymatas tries a through ball, but Charalambos Kyriakou is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kostakis Artymatas (Cyprus) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charalambos Kyriakou.

Foul by Divock Origi (Belgium).

Giorgios Merkis (Cyprus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Charalambos Kyriakou (Cyprus) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fotios Papoulis with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Thorgan Hazard (Belgium).

Grigoris Kastanos (Cyprus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yannick Carrasco (Belgium).

Kostakis Artymatas (Cyprus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cyprus. Fotios Papoulis replaces Ioannis Kosti.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Divock Origi replaces Christian Benteke.

Substitution

Substitution, Cyprus. Giorgios Efrem replaces Matija Spoljaric.

Offside, Belgium. Yari Verschaeren tries a through ball, but Yannick Carrasco is caught offside.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Kypros Christoforou.

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yannick Carrasco.

Attempt missed. Jason Denayer (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Kypros Christoforou.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Dennis Praet replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

Goal!

Goal! Belgium 6, Cyprus 1. Christian Benteke (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a through ball following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Cyprus. Ioannis Kousoulos replaces Nikolas Ioannou.

Corner, Cyprus. Conceded by Jason Denayer.

Attempt blocked. Pieros Sotiriou (Cyprus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charalambos Kyriakou with a cross.

Attempt missed. Yari Verschaeren (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Benteke with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Yari Verschaeren replaces Eden Hazard.

Attempt missed. Grigoris Kastanos (Cyprus) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Matija Spoljaric.

Attempt missed. Yannick Carrasco (Belgium) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Offside, Cyprus. Nikolas Ioannou tries a through ball, but Pieros Sotiriou is caught offside.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Belgium).

Giorgios Merkis (Cyprus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kostakis Artymatas (Cyprus) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charalambos Kyriakou.

Foul by Yannick Carrasco (Belgium).

Charalambos Kyriakou (Cyprus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Own Goal by Kypros Christoforou, Cyprus. Belgium 5, Cyprus 1.

Attempt saved. Yannick Carrasco (Belgium) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

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