Hosts register late win in Brugge.
A last-gasp goal from Dries Mertens handed Belgium a 2-1 home victory over Slovakia in their international friendly on Wednesday night.
Joint top of their World Cup qualifying group with Croatia, Belgium dominated the first half of Wednesday’s friendly in Brugge against Slovakia.
Eden Hazard was the outstanding figure in the opening 45 minutes.
In just the tenth minute, a shot by the Chelsea midfielder struck the arm of Tomas Hubocan.
Hazard converted the resulting penalty himself.
Determined Slovakian defending prevented further damage.
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And in the 87th minute, the visitors struck back through Richard Lasik.
Substitute Dries Mertens came to Belgium’s rescue, knocking in a 90th-minute winner.
2-1 the final score – Belgium face back-to-back matches against Macedonia in March when they will hope captain Vincent Kompany is fit again and back at the heart of their defence.
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