The already-qualified Red Devils are now five points clear in Group A
Belgium increased their stranglehold on Group A with a powerful performance that proved too much for Scotland at Hampden Park on Friday.
Marc Wilmots’ side are already in possession of their ticket to Brazil next year but stretched their advantage over Croatia to five points nonetheless, turning in a display befitting their recent billing as a team on the brink of potential greatness.
Both of Belgium’s goals were made in the Premier League. The first came as Marouane Fellaini, playing his first competitive match since joining Manchester United, slid the ball out to Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne on the left flank. His first time cross picked out the run of Steven Defour, who finished deftly past a stranded David Marshall in the 38th minute.
The second came in the closing moments of the game. Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke was afforded space to turn and feed Kevin Mirallas and the Everton winger made no mistake with a confident finish to maintain the Red Devils’ unbeaten record in the qualifiers.
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