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Scotland 0-4 Belgium: 3 Reasons why Roberto Martinez's men won their sixth successive qualifying game | Euro 2020 Qualifiers

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10 Sep 2019, 08:10 IST

#2 Belgium's clinical finishing was crucial to keep Scotland at bay

Thomas Vermaelen (middle) scored his second career goal for Belgium.
Thomas Vermaelen (middle) scored his second career goal for Belgium.

This Belgians reaped rewards for being patient at Hampden Park. Never during the game did Martinez's troops look under pressure when the home-crowd got behind their team. The players waited for an error and stuck to the tactical plan chalked out for this challenge.

Belgium's class and composure were personified when they broke the deadlock through Romelu Lukaku. When the players sniffed a chance, they made sure that the move ended with a goal. From that moment on, Scotland chased the game, and the World Cup 2018 semifinalists orchestrated them.

Also, given Scotland's weakest area being the set-pieces, Roberto Martinez shoved all his centre-halves in the opposing box to maximise from that situation. It was a masterstroke as Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld scored the second and third goal respectively.

For the second half, the Belgians just ensured that the team held a solid shape and played out the 45 minutes. Scotland presented them with another opportunity later in the half which Kevin De Bruyne took with both hands.

On a night where Belgium managed eight shots on target, four of those found the back of the net. Capitalising on their chances was Belgium's biggest takeaway from their game at Hampden Park.

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