Belgium recorded a repeat of their victory in Brussels, with Scotland unable to cope with their power and technique.

Steven Defour put the visitors ahead before the interval with a deftly-taken goal from the edge of the penalty area.

Scott Brown and Shaun Maloney went closest for Scotland, but keeper Thibaut Courtois was rarely troubled.

Kevin Mirallas wrapped up the win in the closing minutes, to the delight of the travelling support inside Hampden.

Fifa 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group A

Played Won Points

Belgium

8

7

22

Croatia

8

5

17

Serbia

8

2

8

Macedonia

7

2

7

Wales

7

2

6

Scotland

8

1

5

It means their side sit five points clear of Croatia at the top of Group A, while Gordon Strachan's men lie ignominiously bottom and desperately need to win in Macedonia on Tuesday to avoid further despair.

This Belgium side, of course, is one on the brink of potential greatness, with an array of talent few other countries in the world can rival.

Such is their ability on the ball, Strachan would surely have preached to his players the importance of keeping possession, so when Steven Whittaker's control let him down deep inside his own half it was no surprise the punishment was severe.

Marouane Fellaini, imperious in his first match since his deadline-day move from Everton to Manchester United, picked up and drove forward before sliding the ball wide right to Kevin De Bruyne.

The Chelsea winger's first-time ball picked out Defour, who clipped a shot past the sprawling Marshall.

The second Belgium goal was made in the English Premier League.

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, otherwise kept pretty quiet by Scotland's central defence, was allowed to turn and feed the ball to the substitute Mirallas of Everton and he easily slipped away from Grant Hanley to make the points safe for Marc Wilmots' side.

Belgium's unbeaten record and position at the top of the group never looked threatened but the Scots twice came within inches of beating Courtois in the visitors' goal.

The Scotland captain Brown fizzed a powerful drive just past the keeper's right-hand post from about 25 yards in the hosts' only real effort of the first period.

And in the second half, Maloney stretched to get on the end of a terrific delivery from the left by the substitute and debutant Ikechi Anya, only for the ball to fly agonisingly wide.

The gulf between the sides was marked, in contrast to the 2001 World Cup qualifier at Hampden when Scotland were devastated to draw 2-2.

But despite their dominance of the match, it took the Belgians almost half-an-hour to force a save from Marshall.

When it came, it was a pretty rudimentary one. With Russell Martin and Whittaker back-pedalling furiously, space opened up for De Bruyne who used Fellaini's run as a decoy, but his attempt from 20 yards was comfortably held by the goalkeeper.

The only other serious action before the break for Marshall was to keep out a dipping Axel Witsel volley.

De Bruyne peppered Marshall's goal from distance throughout, but it wasn't until the dying minutes that the Belgian victory was assured.

The Belgians are clearly Brazil-bound. The Scots will only be able to watch in envy.

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90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:08

Short corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line.

90:00 +1:51

The ball is sent over by Ross McCormack. Clearance made by Jan Vertonghen.

90:00 +0:06

Jordan Rhodes concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Van Buyten. Free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.

89:24

Unfair challenge on Daniel Van Buyten by Ikechi Anya results in a free kick. Toby Alderweireld restarts play with the free kick.

88:03

Christian Benteke provided the assist for the goal.

88:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevin Mirallas - Scotland 0 - 2 Belgium Kevin Mirallas scores with a left foot finish. Scotland 0-2 Belgium.

86:31

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevin De Bruyne.

86:31 Substitution

Substitution Mousa Dembele comes on in place of Steven Defour.

86:12

The ball is crossed by Steven Defour. Scott Brown makes a clearance.

85:39 Substitution

Substitution James Forrest goes off and Ross McCormack comes on.

85:21

Corner taken by Kevin De Bruyne. Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.

85:00

Kevin De Bruyne takes a shot. David Marshall turns it away with a diving stop.

84:46

The ball is crossed by Kevin De Bruyne. Scott Brown manages to make a clearance.

84:22

The ball is delivered by Nacer Chadli. Clearance made by Grant Hanley.

84:00

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevin De Bruyne. Jordan Rhodes manages to make a clearance.

83:00

Foul by Russell Martin on Christian Benteke, free kick awarded. Kevin De Bruyne produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. David Marshall turns it away with a finger tip save.

80:34

The ball is crossed by Scott Brown. Jordan Rhodes has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

80:05

Ikechi Anya sends in a cross. Jan Vertonghen manages to make a clearance.

79:12

Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Hanley. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.

77:12

Centre by Kevin De Bruyne. Russell Martin makes a clearance.

75:55 Substitution

Substitution (Belgium) makes a substitution, with Sebastien Pocognoli coming on for Nicolas Lombaerts.

67:26 Substitution

Substitution (Belgium) makes a substitution, with Kevin Mirallas coming on for Marouane Fellaini.

67:02 Substitution

Substitution Leigh Griffiths leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Rhodes.

66:26

The ball is sent over by Ikechi Anya. Shot by Shaun Maloney went over the crossbar.

63:16

Corner from the left by-line taken by Kevin De Bruyne. David Marshall gets a fist to the ball to punch .

62:28

James Forrest has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

61:00

Axel Witsel takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

58:01 Booking

Booking

57:52

Free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.

57:52 Substitution

Substitution Ikechi Anya comes on in place of Robert Snodgrass.

57:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leigh Griffiths by Nacer Chadli. Nicolas Lombaerts booked for unsporting behaviour.

56:41

Alan Hutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Nacer Chadli. Axel Witsel takes the free kick.

55:22

Steven Whittaker takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

54:52

Shaun Maloney sends in a cross. Clearance made by Nicolas Lombaerts.

54:18

Corner taken by Kevin De Bruyne from the left by-line.

53:56

Christian Benteke takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

53:31

Kevin De Bruyne delivers the ball. Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.

53:20

Kevin De Bruyne delivers the ball. Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.

52:54

Corner taken by Kevin De Bruyne from the left by-line. Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

51:45

Nacer Chadli takes the chance to get an effort at goal. David Marshall catches the ball.

50:39

Leigh Griffiths fouled by Kevin De Bruyne, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.

48:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Defour on Steven Whittaker. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.

47:40

The ball is swung over by Toby Alderweireld. David Marshall safely holds on.

45:32

The referee blows for offside. Grant Hanley restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:22

The ball is delivered by Kevin De Bruyne.

43:46

The referee blows for offside. David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

43:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Maloney on Kevin De Bruyne. Free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.

41:22

James Forrest takes a shot.

40:44

The ball is crossed by Jan Vertonghen. Clearance made by Alan Hutton.

38:55

Shaun Maloney produces a cross. Clearance by Nicolas Lombaerts.

37:34

Assist by Kevin De Bruyne.

37:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Defour - Scotland 0 - 1 Belgium Steven Defour grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Scotland 0-1 Belgium.

35:43

Nacer Chadli delivers the ball. David Marshall catches the ball.

35:22

Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball. Clearance made by Daniel Van Buyten.

34:40

Unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Axel Witsel results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.

33:51

Axel Witsel has an effort at goal. David Marshall catches the ball.

32:44

Shot by Scott Brown went wide left of the goal.

31:48

Unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by Christian Benteke results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.

30:28

James Forrest sends in a cross. Thibaut Courtois catches the ball.

29:17

Toby Alderweireld sends in a cross.

28:14

Kevin De Bruyne has an effort at goal. David Marshall safely holds on.

26:41

Kevin De Bruyne takes a shot. David Marshall parries the ball away.

24:19

The ball is crossed by Toby Alderweireld.

21:52

Corner from the left by-line taken by Kevin De Bruyne.

21:21

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevin De Bruyne. Scott Brown makes a clearance.

21:08

A cross is delivered by Nacer Chadli. Grant Hanley manages to make a clearance.

19:25

Unfair challenge on James Forrest by Jan Vertonghen results in a free kick. Shaun Maloney restarts play with the free kick.

17:44

Marouane Fellaini challenges Grant Hanley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.

14:54 Booking

Booking

14:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Marouane Fellaini. The referee shows Marouane Fellaini a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.

12:01

Robert Snodgrass fouled by Toby Alderweireld, the ref awards a free kick. Shaun Maloney crosses the ball in from the free kick. Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.

11:06

Shaun Maloney crosses the ball. Thibaut Courtois parries the ball away.

9:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Axel Witsel on Robert Snodgrass. David Marshall takes the free kick.

9:20 Booking

Booking

9:02

Foul by Robert Snodgrass on Axel Witsel, free kick awarded. Leigh Griffiths receives a yellow card. Free kick taken by Daniel Van Buyten.

8:14

Centre by Nacer Chadli. Header by Marouane Fellaini misses right.

7:33

Marouane Fellaini is caught offside. Free kick taken by David Marshall.

7:04

The ball is crossed by Steven Defour.

3:51

The ball is delivered by Steven Defour. Clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.

2:18

Unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Russell Martin takes the free kick.

1:27

Corner taken by Kevin De Bruyne.

1:16

Centre by Kevin De Bruyne. Shaun Maloney makes a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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