Belgium qualify for Russia 2018

Belgium became the first European nation to seal qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Roberto Martinez’s side traveled to the Giorgos Karaiskakis stadium in Piraeus to take on the 2004 European champions knowing a victory would seal their place in next years world cup finals.

Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen opened the scoring on 70 minutes but the lead only lasted 3 minutes before the hosts leveled through Zeca.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku took center stage just a minute later to guide his header past the helpless Orestis Karnezis.  The Watford goalkeeper couldn’t believe the Belgian striker was allowed that kind of space just moments after the home side drew level!

Belgium posses one of the most talented squads in Europe so there is certainly no shame in losing to them but the context of this defeat could prove to be something of a ‘Greek Tragedy’.

Bosnia-Herzegovina took advantage of the result and with their 4-0 victory over Gibraltar moved into the play-off spot leaving the Greek’s in a spot of bother.

Bosnia-Herzegovina host Belgium next whilst Greece travel to their old friends Cyprus and so the race for the play-off spot remains wide open.  Group H promises an exciting conclusion and is certainly one to keep your eye on.

@HarrySymeou

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