Kazakhstan welcomed Belgium at the Astana Arena in Nursultan this Sunday in the Group I’s Matchday 8 in the UEFA EURO Qualifiers. Belgium had already secured their place in the European Championship 2020 last Thursday with a 9-0 rout over San Marino. At Kazakhstan, if the Red Devils did not have the same hunger for goals, they at least maintained their 100% success in the qualifying round by beating Kazakhstan 2-0 away. Michy Batshuayi and Thomas Meunier scored the Belgian goals.
Roberto Martínez’s side now has eight wins from eight Group I games in the qualifying tournament and is now with 24 points. In terms of goals, the national team also tops the stats, with 30 goals scored, and an absurd average of 3.75 per game. So, what does this mean? Well, nothing to be honest. Group I is one of the weakest in the whole tournament. Stats are cool, but Martinez’s side will have to prove them next year ahead of good national teams. Kazakhstan has seven points with no chance of classification
The home team even started the game trying to have more initiative than the visitors, but it was Batshuayi who opened the scoring after 21 minutes. The Chelsea striker took advantage of a precious pass from Dennis Praet, who plays for Leicester, to beat goalkeeper Nepogodov. 0-1 Belgium.
Even with the scoring opened, the game continued somewhat warm and the second goal only came out in the second half, when the Red Devils kept more the ball possession and were more aggressive towards the hosts. Eden Hazard was the architect of the play, as he picked Meunier out down the left flank, as he scored past the onrushing Kazakh goalkeeper, making it 0-2 Belgium with 53 on the clock.
Following the 2-0 away win, Belgium has two games left in Group I. Their next game will be also away, against Russia.