Belgium 2-0 Scotland

World Cup 2014 Qualifiers

Tue 16th October 2012
20:45 (19:45 UK)

King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (A)
Att: 44,047

Group A
(16 Oct 2012)
 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
Belgium
4
3
1
0
8
1
10
Croatia
4
3
1
0
6
2
10
Serbia
4
1
1
2
6
5
4
Macedonia
4
1
1
2
3
4
4
Wales
4
1
0
3
3
11
3
SCOTLAND
4
0
2
2
2
5
2
16 October 2012
Croatia 2-0 Wales
Macedonia 1-0 Serbia
Belgium 2-0 Scotland
Scotland

A McGregor
A Hutton
G Caldwell
C Berra
D Fox
D Fletcher(C)
J McArthur
J Morrison (M Phillips 80)
K Commons (J Mackie 46)
S Maloney
S Fletcher (K Miller 76)

 

Manager:
Craig Levein

 

FIFA Ranking: 56

Belgium

Benteke(69)

Kompany(71)


T Courtois
T Alderweireld
T Vermaelen
V Kompany
J Vertonghen
A Witsel
N Chadli
D Mertens (K Mirallas 55)
K De Bruyne
M Dembele (E Hazard 45)
C Benteke (Mboyo I 86)

 

FIFA Ranking: 30

 
Belgium
Scotland
Shots At Goal
19
5
Shots On Target
8
3
Possession
65.4%
34.6%
Fouls
15
10
Corners
6
3
Offsides
5
0
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0
0
Source: Sky Sports
1 Allan McGregor (Besiktas) (26 Caps) Age: 30
2 Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) (28 Caps) Age: 27
4 Christophe Berra (Wolves) (25 Caps) Age: 27
5 Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic) (53 Caps) Age: 30
6 Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) (24 Caps) Age: 29
7 Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) Captain (60 Caps) Age: 28
9 Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) (10 Caps) Age: 25
11 James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) (25 Caps) Age: 26
13 James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) (8 Caps) Age: 25
15 Kris Commons (Celtic) (11 Caps) Age: 29
20 Danny Fox (Southampton) (4 Caps) Age: 26
 
14 Kenny Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps) (64 Caps) Age: 32
(Replaced Steven Fletcher 76 min)
16 Jamie Mackie (QPR) (9 Caps) Age: 27
(Replaced Kris Commons 46 min)
18 Matt Phillips (Blackpool) (2 Caps) Age: 21
(Replaced James Morrison 80 min)
 Yellow Card   Red Card   Double Booking   Goals Scored
(4-4-1-1)
Allan McGregor
Alan Hutton
Christophe Berra
Gary Caldwell
Danny Fox
Kris Commons
Darren Fletcher
James McArthur
Shaun Maloney
James Morrison
Steven Fletcher

1 Allan McGregor

Scotland went into this game knowing that they needed a victory to have a realistic chance of qualification. After only two minutes, McGregor had to make a treble save to keep the Belgians out. After 10 minutes he had to make another save from a Chadli shot. Belgium then came close when a Alderweireld cross was punched out by McGregor and the rebound was played in front of goal to Benteke who just failed to head the ball. Midway through the first half, Commons was fouled and the resulting free kick was curled in from Maloney and tipped just past the post. 15 minutes later Dembele came close but his shot went just wide. Five minutes before the break, Commons hit a low free kick that was pushed past the post by the keeper. In the second half, Benteke had a header come off McGregor's crossbar. With less than half an hour remaining, McGregor pulled off another save from a De Bruyne shot. A few minutes later the same man floated a cross to the back post where Benteke headed past McGregor to give the Belgians the lead. A couple of minutes later, their lead was doubled when Company picked up the ball on the edge of the penalty area and turned McArthur before unleashing a powerful shot past McGregor, to make the score 2-0 and all but end Scotland and Craig Levein's hopes.