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The red Devils put Cyprus aside: 0-3

In their opening match of the preliminary round for the world cup, the Red Devils are going to win in Cyprus. Romelu Lukaku scored twice, and Yannick Carrasco went 0-3.

Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku celebrate © BELGA

It was on a bar bad field, not a quality contest, but after the breach in the friendly match against Spain, this was a boost for the Red Devils, who easily won.

In the New GSP stadium in the capital city of Nicosia played the Belgians to their first world cup qualifier in group H.

After the 0-2 loss in a next season against a superior Spain changed coach Roberto Martinez , his team on three positions, one in each line. Jordan Lukaku, Radja Nainggolan and Divock Origi gone to the bank for the benefit of Thomas Vermaelen, Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku. Also tactically brought Martinez a few changes. So if Thomas Meunier is offensive let off steam, making Belgium in possession of the ball with a driemansverdediging played.

First chance: goal!

The additional force on the midfield where Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne both a central role were – was no more than a sterile press, but at the first opportunity it was, however, immediately touch. After a shot of Meunier and rumbling in the sixteen came the leather in Lukaku, who imposed no chance left (0-1).

It seemed almost unlikely that the Devils here exactly a year ago in the problems, but also gave them the control over the match as the first half progressed out of your hands. Thibaut Courtois had to twice intervene to a Cypriot equalizer to prevent. The enthusiastic hometown audience remained so what on his hunger, on the Belgian side, there was still a possibility for Lukaku to scoring after a nice combination between De Bruyne and Hazard.

More confidence

A quick counter-attack delivered on the hour of the redemptive 0-2. Through a deviated ball in from a for the other pale Carrasco headlined Lukaku his second of the night against the nets. Just before, were the Belgians still shaken by a dangerous free-kick from Dossa Junior. That came after the umpteenth violation of Marouane Fellaini, allowing the midfielder to Manchester United also in the book of referee Felix Zwayer disappeared.

With the double lead increased the confidence for the Devils, while the home team completely on the ropes hung. It was not more than to wait for the 0-3. Finally got Carrasco the honor again fell on the goal after a deviated shot. Substitute Michy Batshuayi missed in the final is still a penalty kick.

So it was eventually a smooth victory in Cyprus, the first under Martinez.

The second match day in group H of the world cup qualifiers is on Friday 7 October finished. Drops Bosnia-Herzegovina, Tuesday, Estonia defeated with 5-0, to the King baudouin stadium. That is the start of a diptych, because just three days later take on the Red Devils in the Portuguese Faro on the third match day against voetbaldwerg of Gibraltar, Tuesday 1-4 of Greece lost.

(Belga/RR)

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