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De Bruyne Shines As Belgium Secure Top Spot

Euro 2016 Qualifier 

Result: Belgium 3-1 Israel

Date: 13 October 2015

Venue: Stade Roi Baudouin 

Kevin De Bruyne bagged a goal and an assist to inspire Belgium to a 3-1 win over Israel in their final Euro 2016 qualifier.

Vincent Kompany made a return to action for the Red Devils, while Maroune Fellaini was also drafted into the starting line-up.

Fellaini nearly opened the scoring after 11 minutes, but his header forced Isreal goalkeeper, Ofir Marciano, into good save. 

The Belgians continued to push for the opening goal and went close in 14th minute when Romelu Lukaku's effort from the edge of the area sailed just wide of the upright.

It proved to be one way traffic in the first half, as Toby Alderweireld blazed wide from close range in the 27th minute, before Fellaini had another header saved just a minute later.

The sides went into the halftime break with the score locked at 0-0, while Israel failed to trouble the Belgian goal.

The second half continued in the same fashion as the first, as Marciano continued to frustrate Belgium by denying Kompany in the 52nd minute.

The home side eventually broke the deadlock in the 64th minute when Dries Merterns fired into the bottom corner from close range, after being teed up Kevin de Bruyne.

De Bruyne then go his name on the score-sheet in the 78th minute when he curled home a delightful free-kick. His second in as many games.

It got better for the Red Devils in the 84th minute when Eden Hazard collected a pass from Nicolas Lombaerts, before firing past Marciano from close range.

Israel managed to grab a consolation in the 88th minute when  Tommer Hemed rose highest to head home Eran Zahavi 's cross.

Nonetheless, the Belgians ran out 3-1 winners and have now secured top spot in Group B. 

 

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