Michy Batshuayi nets a brace as Belgium hammer Scotland in friendly

first_imgMichy Batshuayi scored a brace while Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard found their names in the scoresheet as Belgium thrashed Scotland 4-0 in an international friendly in Glasgow on Friday.Scotland, who looked hapless throughout the game, were handed their biggest home defeat in over 45 years at Hampden Park.Lukaku and Hazard had put the visitors on top in the Nations League warm-up as the Scots suffered their heaviest home reverse since February 1973, when they lost 5-0 to England.World Cup semi-finalists Belgium dominated the match with Lukaku putting them ahead just before the half-hour mark after a defensive mix-up before they ran riot after the break.0-4! What a great night in Glasgow Ready to start the #NationsLeague next Tuesday 11/9 Iceland in Reykjavik.Thanks again @fanclub1895 for making Hampden Park feel like home #REDTOGETHER #SCOBEL pic.twitter.com/RpPQYBBAtjBelgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) September 7, 2018Scotland gifted the visitors the first goal when goalkeeper Craig Gordon rolled the ball to John McGinn who was dispossessed by Mousa Dembele before Dries Mertens set up Lukaku to score.Hazard made it 2-0 with some trickery and a fierce drive in Belgium’s first second-half foray before he set up Batshuayi for the third after Charlie Mulgrew gave the ball away.Batshuayi netted his second from the edge of the area with Ryan Jack to blame after he lost possession in midfield.Our fans have chosen the #DeviloftheMatch. And the winner is… @hazardeden10!#REDTOGETHER #SCOBEL pic.twitter.com/reSqnAvcv8Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) September 7, 2018The gulf in class was shown by the fact that Scotland only earned their first corner in the 84th minute against Roberto Martinez’s experienced side, who came third at the World Cup.advertisementIt was Scotland’s fourth defeat in five matches under Alex McLeish, who took over when Gordon Strachan stood down after they failed to qualify for the World Cup.Belgium open their Nations league campaign away to Iceland on Tuesday, while Scotland start at home to Albania on Monday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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