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Report: Iceland 1-2 Belgium

report: Iceland 1-2 Belgium

Belgium condemned the home team to relegation by two points in Group A 2 after Romelu Lukaku hit Iceland twice.

Iceland vs Belgium: reaction as it is

short match

Lukaku scores the second from the penalty spot

lukaku, via Getty Images penalty spot from BELGA MAG / AFP took second place

With a scarcity of players and the isolation of coach Erik Hamrén and his team, Iceland looked shaky early on, with Lukaku returning to the box and taking advantage of some temporary defenses to smash into the opener, past Rúnar Rúnarsson. He didn't level up, however, when host Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson's sweet ball, Birkir Sævarsson, rose to shoot low past Simon Mignolet.

They threatened to inflict more damage on Belgium without key guys Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, but the situation turned again when Lukaku was fouled in the penalty area and stepped to calmly pass the penalty spot: his 55th goal for Belgium. Iceland looked on the better side for most of the second half, but a moral victory didn't save them from relegation to League B.

Andri Valsson, Iceland correspondent

Even with half of their key players missing, this was probably Iceland's best performance in this Nations League campaign. Unfortunately this does not apply to anything. After a tough opening, the team looked relaxed on the ball, gleaming with focus, spirit and dedication. You cannot ask for more.

Romelu Lukaku now has 55 goals for Belgium

Romelu Lukaku via Getty Images Belgium AFP There are 55 goals for

Dante Bellon, Belgian correspondent

This was not the easy game Belgium had hoped for. It was important to regain confidence after the defeat in England, but it was a fruitless performance. The creativity of De Bruyne and Hazard was certainly overlooked.

Reaction

Romelu Lukaku, Belgium striker: “We are still at the top of the group. Now it's important to make a difference in the last two games. I have to congratulate Iceland coach Arnar] Vidarsson. He arranged his men very well today. Okay, he knows us very well, but he made a tough match for us. ”

Roberto March I nez, Belgium coach : “I am a happy coach tonight. We showed leadership, we were efficient and we played a good game. But I also know that this game won't win beauty contests. These types of games are never easy. We've traveled a lot in the last few days. However, I am happy to be at the top of the group again. ”

Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel “I am very happy with the win tonight. We played against a tough opponent and a tough pitch. Still, this match will not be according to the history books. We played on a good block and reacted well. After our match in England. We didn't score goals that our fans are used to, but three points are the most important thing. ”

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Iceland defender Birkir Sævarsson :   “I felt we did well, especially in the second half. It was great to be back on the team. From these last three games we have won what really matters to secure a EURO playoff final. This was good preparation. here tonight. If the coaches ask me for the games in November, I'll be ready. ”

Hólmar Eyjólfsson, Icelandic defender : ” during the break After going through some things, we did well, especially in the second half, but it's never nice to lose. {Romelu Lukaku] is very strong and we had to rethink how we deal with him during the break. It wasn't enough to have a mark on him, but we handled him better in the second half. ”

Key statistics

  • Belgium's captain Lukaku led the national record number of goals to 55.
  • Iceland have lost their last eight UEFA Nations League games – in five of those defeats they have not scored.
  • The Red Devils have won all 13 of their games against Iceland.
  • Belgium have scored at least one halftime goal in their last 15 competitive games and have scored the first in five consecutive Nations League away fixtures.
  • Belgium have not conceded just two goals in their last seven UEFA Nations League games.

rosters

Iceland : Rúnarsson; Sævarsson, Eyjólfsson, Ingason, Magnússon (Traustason 86); Bjarnason, Pálsson (Hermansson 82), Sigurjónsson (Thorsteinsson 69), Skúlason; Bödvarsson (Kjartansson 69), Gudmundsson (Sigthórsson 82)

Belgium : Mignolet; Alderweireld, Denayer, Boyata; Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, Carrasco; Trossard (Vanaken 61), Lukaku, Doku (Castagne 68)

What's next?

Belgium welcomes England on Sunday, November 15, while Denmark hosts Iceland.

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