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Red Devils open world cup year with successful test against a feeble Saudi Arabia

The Red Devils have Tuesday night in Brussels, their first friendly in this world cup year with 4-0 (rest: 2-0) won in Saudi Arabia.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates the 2-0 against Saudi Arabia, with Thomas Meunier, Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard. © BELGA

After the oefeninterlands of the end of last year against Japan and Mexico was the press and the public that it’s all a bit more if his and the Devils added immediately the action to the word, in a half empty King baudouin stadium. This resulted in the openingsminuten opportunities for Dries Mertens (2x) and Yannick Carrasco.

For the openingsdoelpunt, however, it was wait until topschutter Romelu Lukaku , for the first time in argument was brought up: that happened just for the fifteen minutes and the 1-0 hung straight against the nets. With peace in sight, did the Belgian topschutter of all times are the same trick again: hits number 32 and 33 for Big Rom for the national team and a deserved 2-0 halftime after a game eenrichtingsvoetbal against a country that next summer little at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS to search.

After the peace was there on both sides, as announced firmly changed and it was looking especially at the debut of Anthony Limbombe in the national eleven. The winger from match organiser Club Brugge and was looking for his place in the team, the back came Thomas Vermaelen a break excellent Vincent Kompany replaced. For the Red Devils is the hope that the former leader of injury free. Meanwhile, the chances to rain in a drizzling Brussels: Lukaku, Mertens, De Bruyne and Hazard etaleerden after nice combinations a lack of efficiency.

The stadium was bouncing really when Radja Nainggolan on the hour Dries Mertens was replaced. For the Roma midfielder the first speelminuten in the national team since the friendly against the Czech republic, almost a year ago. The Ninja got a standing ovation from the audience, he must virtue have done after the troubles with the coach. If the fans were allowed to choose, it is there for Nainggolan always have a place in the 23-man world cup selection. In reality it will for the midfielder, still playing the drums.

Michy Batshuayi came to the field in Eden Hazard and so were the Belgians suddenly two strikers play. After 77 minutes, it was the Dortmund-sensation for the 3-0 made. A minute later blasted Kevin De Bruyne the 4-0 final score remained on the board, his first goal for Belgium in may 2016, and against Switzerland and the culmination of an excellent match, albeit against an opponent that is not a measure of value.

These are just for the world cup still three practice matches against, respectively, European champion, Portugal (2 June), Egypt (6 June) and Costa Rica (June 11). After the uitzwaaiwedstrijd against Costa Rica travel the Devils are off to Russia, where in group G Panama (18 June in Sochi), Tunisia (23 June in Moscow) and England (28 June in Kaliningrad) wait.

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