Belgium vs Spain


International Friendly

September 1st

Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels, Belgium


33′ Silva

62′ Silva (P)

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means Roberto Martínez’s opening game in charge of the Belgian Red Devils, ends in defeat. Whilst Julen Lopetegui wins his opening game in charge of the former World and European Champions.

FT: Spain had a number of chances in the second-half and they went close when Piqué had a header tipped over the bar by Courtois. That was before Costa forced Courtois into a good save. Then Silva doubled his night’s tally from the spot after Vitolo was fouled by J. Lukaku.

FT: J. Lukaku had a torrid night that was summed up after he conceded a penalty. He couldn’t deal with the threat posed by Vitolo. However the Belgium team as a whole under-performed. The closest they went was when De Gea was forced to tip over a De Bruyne effort.

FT: Belgium can count themselves lucky it was only two, given the gulfing class demonstrated on the pitch tonight. Spain were thoroughly dominant and had a number of opportunities to add to their tally, and on another day, had they been more clinical it could have been three or four.

FT: So Spain have run out comfortable winners.

90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+2′ Costa is caught offside. However it appears he’s yards onside instead. Belgium are lucky it’s only two.

90’+2′ Hazard wins a freekick.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

86′ Fourth Belgium change sees De Bruyne replaced by Steven Defour.

85′ Mirallas is penalised for a foul.

84′ Sixth change for Spain sees Carvajal replaced by Sergi Roberto.

83′ Close!! De Bruyne receives the ball and tries to curl the ball from-range but his effort drifts just over the bar.

83′ The corner is dealt with by the visitors.

83′ The delivery following the corner is deflected behind.

82′ Close!! Hazard finds De Bruyne who forces De Gea into a fine save with the keeper tipping the ball over the bar.

79′ Barta wins a freekick after a foul from Dembélé.

78′ Chance!! J. Lukaku clears a cross from the left that eventually falls to Koke who fires an effort just wide of the target.

76′ Third Belgium change sees Kevin Mirallas replace Ferreira-Carrasco.

74′ Another double Spanish change sees Saúl Ñíguez and Lucas Vázquez replace Vitolo and Silva.

69′ Vitolo wins a freekick after a foul from Dembélé.

68′ Costa is caught offside.

67′ Alcántara wins a freekick.

66′ Second Belgium change sees Origi replaced by Romelu Lukaku.

65′ Koke’s delivery is cleared before Hazard wins a freekick.

65′ Courtois concedes a cheap corner.

63′ Ramos clears the delivery from De Bruyne.

63′ Meunier wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Ramos.

62′ Goal!! Silva sends Courtois the wrong way to double Spain’s lead.

61′ Penalty!! Vitolo beats J. Lukaku and the left-back brings the winger down and the referee immediately points to the spot.

60′ The corner comes to nothing as Ferreira-Carrasco’s cross is claimed by De Gea.

59′ Ramos concedes a corner.

58′ Double change for Spain sees Marc Barta and César Azpilicueta replace Piqué and Alba.

57′ Chance!! Busquets finds Costa with a through-ball and the Chelsea striker surges forward before unleashing a strike that forces his Chelsea teammate Courtois, into a good save with his feet.

56′ Chance!! The corner is met by Piqúe who heads wide of the target.

56′ Ramos’ effort hits the wall and goes over. Corner to Spain.

55′ Costa wins a freekick in a good position after a foul by Alderweireld.

48′ The corner is cleared by the hosts.

48′ Chance!! Koke’s delivery is met by Piqúe with a header but his effort is palmed over the bar by Courtois.

47′ Busquets wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Dembélé. The Barcelona man of course makes a meal of it!

46′ Silva finds Costa who cuts back onto his left foot before his effort is blocked.

45′ Spain get the second-half underway.

45′ During the interval, Belgium make their first change with Nainggolan being replaced by Moussa Dembélé.

HT: So will Belgium come back in this game or will Spain add to their tally? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Morata did leave the field early and Costa has looked a threat since coming on, he played a part in Silva’s goal and also went close when his effort from a tight-angle was blocked. Spain are unfortunate to not be further ahead after the referee disallowed a goal after Koke’s corner was volleyed home by Vitolo. There was very little if anything wrong with what occurred.

HT: Spain started slow but they did have a number of good chances with Alcántara twice going close on the volley either side of Silva’s goal. Vitolo looked a threat whenever he had the ball and J. Lukaku couldn’t deal with him and Hazard resorted to help him out: preventing him from getting further forward.

HT: Belgium initially started brightly and closed down the former World and European Champions really well. However they couldn’t create many chances. The closest they came was when Witsel fired wide after De Gea parried a cross.

HT: So Spain are ahead at the break.

45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ There will be one additional minute.

45′ Costa is caught offside.

41′ Chance!! De Bruyne loses possession and Alcántara finds Costa whose eventual effort is blocked from a tight-angle. He could have taken it earlier.

40′ Penalty appeal!! Carvajal goes down under the challenge of Hazard in the penalty-area but the Chelsea winger got enough of the ball according to the referee.

39′ Disallowed goal!! Koke’s delivery is met on the volley by Vitolo who fires home. However the referee had already blown for an infringement. In truth, there wasn’t much wrong there.

38′ Carvajal wins a corner.

34′ Chance!! Vitolo does well to get onto a long-hopeful pass and find Alcántara with a cross but the former Barcelona midfielder miscues his volley with the ball bouncing over the bar.

33′ Goal!! Vitolo does well to get ahead of Courtois and pull the ball back across goal where Costa tees up Silva who fires home despite a slight deflection.

31′ Ramos is penalised for a high foot.

30′ Vitolo is caught offside.

27′ J. Lukaku makes a fine challenge to slide-in and win possession in the penalty-area off Vitolo. He had to get that right!

26′ So here it is, the first Spain change sees Costa replace Morata.

24′ Play resumes.

22′ Slight delay in the match as Morata is down with an injury. He’s leaving the field and it doesn’t look like good news for Spain or Real Madrid. However, Diego Costa is preparing to come on in his place.

19′ Chance!! The corner is worked well between Silva and Koke who finds the former whose cross is headed into the path of Alcántara who volleys wide.

19′ Morata wins a corner.

18′ Morata wins a freekick.

18′ Origi is caught offside.

14′ The corner is dealt with by the visitors.

13′ De Bruyne’s delivery is headed behind by Morata for a corner.

12′ Origi wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Ramos.

11′ Silva’s delivery is cleared before Hazard ricochets the ball out of play off Silva.

10′ Vitolo wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from J. Lukaku.

8′ A dangerous Alba cross is blocked in the nick of time ahead of Morata.

5′ Chance!! A Hazard cross is spilled by De Gea before Witsel fires an effort just wide of the target.

3′ Origi is caught offside.

0′ Belgium get the game underway.

Team news:

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Jordan Lukaku, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Meunier, Radja Nainggolan, Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel, Eden Hazard, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, Divock Origi

Spain: David De Gea (GK), Jordi Alba, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcántara, Koke, David Silva, Vitolo, Álvaro Morata


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