Another three points for Belgium and a win that sent the crowd home very happy indeed. Leekens basically kept the same team, bringing in Nicolas Lombaerts and Jelle Vossen; changes that he had to make. Belgium started off slowly, got an early goal and then went to sleep for a while. Azerbaijan’s equaliser woke them up, they got a penalty and the third goal just before half time made it game over.
Nacer Chadli had an excellent first half, Twente will find it hard to keep him on that form and Leekens will not want to leave him out of the team. Steven Defour was in top form, running things in midfield and Eden Hazard had a fine 20 minute cameo. The spotlight will now turn to June 3rd when Guus Hiddink’s Turkey visit the Roi Baudouin stadium. It’s all to play for and the Belgian press are somewhat prematurely looking at who Belgium might meet in the (second place) playoffs.
Team: Mignolet, Ciman, Van Buyten (Van Damme), Lombaerts, Vertonghen; Simons, Defour (Vadis Odjidja), Chadli, Witsel, Dembélé (Hazard), Vossen.
Belgium: Vertonghen, Simons (pen), Chadli, Vossen.