World Cup Qualifying - European - Group H
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Greece 1-2 Belgium

Belgium players celebrate Jan Vertonghen's goal
Jan Vertonghen won his 92nd cap for Belgium in Greece

Belgium became the first European side to join hosts Russia at next summer's World Cup finals as goals from Jan Vertonghen and Romelu Lukaku gave them victory in Greece.

All three goals came in a five-minute second-half period, which began with Vertonghen firing Belgium ahead.

Zeca brought Greece level soon after but Lukaku scored the final goal with a glancing header a minute later.

Belgium lead Group H by eight points with two games to play.

The Red Devils join Brazil, Mexico, Iran and Japan in qualifying for the World Cup, with Russia automatically getting a place as hosts.

Bosnia-Herzegovina have moved ahead of Greece in the race to claim a play-off spot as Edin Dzeko scored twice in a 4-0 win in Gibraltar to take them up to second place.

Kenan Kodro and Senad Lulic got the other goals for Mehmed Bazdarevic's side, who have 14 points, one more than Greece.

Group H table

Switzerland maintained their three-point advantage over European champions Portugal after both claimed wins on Sunday.

An own goal from home keeper Andris Vanins, a strike from Blerim Dzemaili - who had earlier missed a penalty - and a successful spot-kick from Ricardo Rodriguez gave the Swiss a 3-0 win in Latvia.

Portugal took advantage of Tamas Priskin being sent off to claim a 1-0 win in Hungary, with Andre Silva scoring the goal.

Line-ups

Greece

  • 1Karnezis
  • 2ManiatisSubstituted forBakasetasat 85'minutes
  • 4Manolas
  • 19Papastathopoulos
  • 3Tzavellas
  • 8Gonçalves Rodrigues
  • 6Tziolis
  • 22SamarisBooked at 55mins
  • 21StafylidisSubstituted forLykogiannisat 69'minutes
  • 10FortounisSubstituted forVelliosat 89'minutes
  • 11Donis

Substitutes

  • 5Koutroubis
  • 7Siopis
  • 9Vellios
  • 12Kyriakidis
  • 13Anestis
  • 14Bakasetas
  • 15Lykogiannis
  • 16Diamantakos
  • 17Tachtsidis
  • 18Gianniotas
  • 20Mantalos
  • 23Bouchalakis

Belgium

  • 1Courtois
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 3Vermaelen
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 15MeunierBooked at 49mins
  • 8FellainiSubstituted forDendonckerat 89'minutes
  • 19DembéléBooked at 50minsSubstituted forE Hazardat 74'minutes
  • 21CarrascoBooked at 76minsSubstituted forChadliat 79'minutes
  • 7De BruyneBooked at 90mins
  • 14Mertens
  • 9Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 4Mirallas
  • 6Dendoncker
  • 10E Hazard
  • 11T Hazard
  • 12Mignolet
  • 13Casteels
  • 16Defour
  • 17Tielemans
  • 18Batshuayi
  • 20Benteke
  • 22Chadli
  • 23Ciman
Referee:
Szymon Marciniak
Attendance:
29,465

Match Stats

Home TeamGreeceAway TeamBelgium
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Greece 1, Belgium 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Greece 1, Belgium 2.

Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Belgium).

Sokratis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).

Anastasios Bakasetas (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Anastasios Donis (Greece).

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Belgium) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Substitution

Substitution, Greece. Apostolos Vellios replaces Konstantinos Fortounis.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Leander Dendoncker replaces Marouane Fellaini.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Georgios Tzavellas.

Substitution

Substitution, Greece. Anastasios Bakasetas replaces Giannis Maniatis.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Belgium).

Konstantinos Fortounis (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Meunier.

Corner, Greece. Conceded by Nacer Chadli.

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Belgium).

Zeca (Greece) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Nacer Chadli replaces Yannick Carrasco.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Belgium).

Georgios Tzavellas (Greece) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Konstantinos Fortounis (Greece).

Corner, Greece. Conceded by Thomas Meunier.

Booking

Yannick Carrasco (Belgium) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Yannick Carrasco (Belgium).

Zeca (Greece) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Greece 1, Belgium 2. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Meunier with a cross.

Eden Hazard (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andreas Samaris (Greece).

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Eden Hazard replaces Mousa Dembélé.

Goal!

Goal! Greece 1, Belgium 1. Zeca (Greece) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Georgios Tzavellas with a cross.

Attempt missed. Alexandros Tziolis (Greece) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charalampos Lykogiannis.

Goal!

Goal! Greece 0, Belgium 1. Jan Vertonghen (Belgium) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

Attempt missed. Anastasios Donis (Greece) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Greece. Charalampos Lykogiannis replaces Konstantinos Stafylidis.

Corner, Greece. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Offside, Belgium. Marouane Fellaini tries a through ball, but Thomas Meunier is caught offside.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France85211551017
2Sweden85121871116
3Netherlands84131611513
4Bulgaria84041317-412
5Luxembourg8125717-105
6Belarus8125416-125

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland88001831524
2Portugal87012842421
3Hungary8314119210
4Faroe Islands8224415-118
5Andorra8116217-154
6Latvia8107318-153

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany77002922721
2Northern Ireland75111421216
3Czech Rep723210739
4Norway7214810-27
5Azerbaijan7214311-87
6San Marino7007133-320

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia7430167915
2R. of Ireland734095413
3Wales7250105511
4Austria72239908
5Georgia7043711-44
6Moldova7025418-142

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland75111511416
2Montenegro74121771013
3Denmark7412146813
4Romania72328719
5Armenia7205715-86
6Kazakhstan7025419-152

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England75201421217
2Slovakia7502134915
3Scotland73221210211
4Slovenia732264211
5Lithuania7124614-85
6Malta7007219-170

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain76102432119
2Italy75111871116
3Albania740398112
4Israel7304913-49
5Macedonia7205913-46
6Liechtenstein7007126-250

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium87103533222
2Bos-Herze84221981114
3Greece8341115613
4Cyprus8314812-410
5Estonia8224617-118
6Gibraltar8008337-340

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia75111221016
2Ukraine7421115614
3Iceland741297213
4Turkey7322118311
5Finland7115510-54
6Kosovo7016319-161
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