European Championship Qualifying

Cyprus 0-1 Belgium

Kevin De Bruyne
Belgium's best chance in the first half fell to new Manchester City man Kevin De Bruyne

Belgium narrowly defeated Cyprus in Nicosia to keep Group B leaders Wales waiting to qualify for Euro 2016.

The Welsh drew 0-0 with Israel in Cardiff and would have qualified if Belgium had failed to win.

But Chelsea forward Eden Hazard hit the winner four minutes from time, stroking in Dries Mertens's cutback.

Earlier, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne had struck straight at the goalkeeper when through on goal and Marios Nikolaou had a low effort saved by Thibaut Courtois.

In the same group, Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Andorra 3-0 to move up to fourth, two points behind Israel.

Wales need a draw away at Bosnia-Herzegovina or at home against Andorra to secure qualification, while Belgium also have a chance to qualify automatically when they face Andorra and Israel in their last two matches.

Second-placed Belgium are one point behind Wales, with the top two sides securing automatic qualification for the tournament in France next summer.

Group B



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Georgallidis
  • 4DemetriouBooked at 61mins
  • 2Júnior Dossa Momade
  • 19Laifis
  • 15AntoniadesBooked at 47mins
  • 10CharalambidisSubstituted forLabanat 53'minutes
  • 23NikolaouSubstituted forArtymatasat 84'minutes
  • 7EconomidesBooked at 73mins
  • 21Makris
  • 13Makridis
  • 9MitidisSubstituted forSotiriouat 11'minutes


  • 3Charalambous
  • 5Sielis
  • 6Angeli
  • 8Sotiriou
  • 11Englezou
  • 12Negri
  • 14Laban
  • 16Stylianou
  • 17Kolokoudias
  • 18Artymatas
  • 20Kastanos
  • 22Panayi


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 4KompanyBooked at 90mins
  • 19Vermaelen
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 8FellainiSubstituted forMertensat 64'minutes
  • 6Witsel
  • 18Nainggolan
  • 7De Bruyne
  • 9BentekeSubstituted forOrigiat 45'minutes
  • 10E Hazard


  • 3Lombaerts
  • 11Mirallas
  • 12Mignolet
  • 13Gillet
  • 14Mertens
  • 15Denayer
  • 16Defour
  • 17Origi
  • 20Lukaku
  • 21Januzaj
  • 22Chadli
  • 23Ciman
Vladislav Bezborodov

Match Stats

Home TeamCyprusAway TeamBelgium
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cyprus 0, Belgium 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cyprus 0, Belgium 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Cyprus. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Cyprus. Dossa Júnior tries a through ball, but Pieros Sotiriou is caught offside.

  5. Booking

    Vincent Kompany (Belgium) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Vincent Kompany (Belgium).

  7. Post update

    Vincent Laban (Cyprus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Divock Origi (Belgium).

  9. Post update

    Konstantinos Laifis (Cyprus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Jason Demetriou.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Cyprus 0, Belgium 1. Eden Hazard (Belgium) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens following a fast break.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Cyprus. Kostakis Artymatas replaces Marios Nikolaou.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Belgium. Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but Divock Origi is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Constantinos Makridis (Cyprus).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Vincent Kompany (Belgium).

  20. Post update

    Pieros Sotiriou (Cyprus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.