Scotland 0-4 Belgium: Kevin De Bruyne stars as visitors run riot at Hampden Park

Scotland vs Belgium
European Qualifiers Group I
7:45pm Monday 9th September

Hampden Park

Scotland suffered Hampden misery because a defeat made it four reductions in six European Qualifiers.
Kevin De Bruyne set up first-half targets for Thomas Vermaelen Romelu Lukaku and Toby Alderweireld since Scotland were punished for poor defending.
Steve Clarke’s negative were aggressive after the rest but De Bruyne rounded off the scoring in the 82nd minute to create it 11 goals without reply against Scotland in 12 months.
The defeat leaves Scotland in place in Group I, nine things off Russia with four matches remaining.
This past year scotland suffered an identical defeat in a Hampden friendly beneath Alex McLeish in September and now Clarke is finding it no easier to get the group functioning, suffering a beat in his first four matches after conceding basic first-half targets.
Scotland started As they’d done three days before after a free-kick was sent by Robert Snodgrass into the box, but any outbreak of optimism in the home support was snuffed out in the ninth minute.
Every Scotland participant was beyond the center circle in the Belgian half and the people broke following winning the header, clinically.
Dries Mertens beat Stephen O’Donnell into the ball and seen De Bruyne’s sprint down the wing. Andy Robertson found himself isolated against Lukaku and the Manchester City playmaker, and conclude and also the through-ball were fantastic.
Snodgrass delivered some threatening crosses nevertheless they were defended by Belgium while Scotland were found wanting at balls into their box.
The second goal came later De Bruyne took a brief corner in the 24th minute. Robertson was in providing help slow and De Bruyne sent in a cross that Vermaelen knocked home from six yards after escaping the attentions of both Kenny McLean.
The target, eight minutes after, was more straightforward. Alderweireld conquer Charlie Mulgrew into De Bruyne’s corner and headed off the bar.
Matty Phillips obtained a attack in the lay-off of Ryan Christie however Thibaut Courtois gained down comfortably.
Belgium could have scored more in the first halfof the Youri Tielemans volleyed a yard wide from 22 yards after Liam Cooper’s poor defensive header and De Bruyne set up opportunities for Thomas Meunier and more for Lukaku, the finest of which the Inter Milan striker volleyed wide.
Scott McTominay had a shot but David Marshall soon made a brilliant stop following the Napoli man was given liberty to run in the box.
Robertson had a shot saved in the tight angle following O’Donnell went down in the box, along with the home fans were on their feet, however the right-back was properly booked for diving.
Scotland huffed and puffed after having a sooner opportunity, when he swept the ball into the corner out of the pass of Lukaku, but De Bruyne got the goal his first play deserved.
victory there could realistically leave them needing much to seal a top-two spot, although scotland will miss the McTominay later he picked up his booking of the effort. They will look rather to a house March following their Nations League success.
Scotland will be sick of the sight of De Bruyne.
The Man City star has had a direct hand in seven goals in just four games versus Scotland (two goals, five assists), including scoring and assisting three aims in Hampden Park.
Scotland manager Steve Clarke was frustrated with his side and confessed it is difficult to locate benefits from the defeat to Belgium.
Roberto Martinez says that he had been extremely happy with how hard his side worked in their win and claimed maintaining a clean sheet was the aspect.

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