Belgium 8-0 Belarus: Hosts bounce back from Czech Republic draw

Belgium 8-0 Belarus: Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku watch on from the bench as much-changed Red Devils run riot with Michy Batshuayi, Leandro Trossard and Christian Benteke on target in record defeat for visitors

  • Trossard and Praet scored their first Belgium goals in a crushing qualifying win 
  • Vanaken netted a brace with Batshuayi and Benteke also on the scoresheet
  • The likes of De Bruyne, Lukaku and Mertens were given the night off 
  • Win lifted Belgium, with seven points from three games, to the top of Group E

Belgium’s second-string used the opportunity of a rare start to impress coach Roberto Martinez as they thumped Belarus 8-0 in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.

With Martinez warning players were under scrutiny for places in the Euro 2020 squad, Michy Batshuayi, Hans Vanaken (2), Leandro Trossard (2), Jeremy Doku, Denis Praet and Christian Benteke all scored as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens were given the night off.

Striker Michy Batshuayi opened the scoring with a thumping shot in the 14th minute

It lifted Belgium to seven points from their opening trio of matches in Group E, while Belarus suffered their first defeat after opening their qualifying bid with a 4-2 win over Estonia at the weekend.

Belgium, top of the FIFA rankings, were 4-0 up at halftime at Den Dreef as they inflicted Belarus’ heaviest ever defeat.

Brighton midfielder Leandro Trossard scored his first goal for Belgium just before half-time

Leicester midfielder Dennis Praet also netted his first goal for his country on Tuesday night

Christian Benteke scored the sixth goal just a few minutes after coming on as a sub

Trossard scored his second to make it 7-0 in the 75th minute on Tuesday night

Hans Vanaken also netted a brace as the Red Devils ran riot in the World Cup qualifier

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