Video: Belgium 2 – 0 Iceland [Uefa Nations League] Highlights 2018/19
Michy Batshuayi scored both goals as Belgium eventually overcame Iceland on home soil.
Belgium will take winning form into their decisive final Nations League fixture after Michy Batshuayi scored twice to see off a stubborn Iceland 2-0 in Brussels.
While the result has little bearing on either country’s finishing position, Roberto Martinez will be relieved to have avoided a second successive draw heading into the crunch clash with Switzerland, that will determine which team advances from Group 2 in League A.
Belgium already needed only a draw from that match but will still boast the mental edge of being three points clear courtesy of Batshuayi’s brace.
The 25-year-old had to wait until after the hour for Eden Hazard’s genius pass to help him break the deadlock before he feasted on a kind rebound to put the match to bed in Axel Witsel’s 100th international appearance.
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Romelu Lukaku’s hamstring injury created a starting opportunity for Batshuayi, who struggled to find his range in the opening 20 minutes.
The Valencia striker, out of form at club level, first skied an intelligent low cross from Dries Mertens and guided his next chance against the outside of the near post after turning Kari Arnason.
Mertens brought an initially uneventful second half to life by testing the upright with a clever free-kick, but it Hazard always appeared most likely to make the difference.
The star playmaker conjured the killer pass to prise open Iceland in the 65th minute, bisecting the back five with a superb ball that Thomas Meunier squared for Batshuayi to tap home.
Thibaut Courtois was finally worked with 15 minutes remaining and passed the test, keeping out Albert Gudmundsson’s meek finish.
That allowed Batshuayi to add the icing in the 81st minute, his second a simple follow-up following Hannes Halldorsson’s fumble of substitute Hans Vanaken’s shot.
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) November 15, 2018