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Greece 1 Belgium 2

06 September, 2017, 12:05 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Romelu Lukaku's 75th minute victor earned Belgium victory in Piraeus and passage to next summer's tournament, leaving Greece battling Bosnia for a play-off spot.

Belgium now have an unassailable 22 points, eight ahead of second-placed Bosnia with two rounds left.

Brazil, Iran, Japan and Mexico had already reached the event from other continents, with Russian Federation automatically getting a place as the host country.

Belgium have been nearly flawless in qualifying so far and, with the end in sight, will be hoping they can wrap up matters in Athens.

"We won with character, we kept going until we made it 1-2". But the game was only about winning, it was like a cup final.

Belgium also fielded Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco against Gibraltar, and the firepower available to Martinez will surely even trouble a Greek side that has only conceded three goals in seven games. We had to win, in whatever manner we could.


"It is a real team and I can only be proud of them".

In Group B, Portugal kept alive their chances of qualifying directly for the World Cup when Andre Silva's goal gave them a 1-0 win away to Hungary who played for an hour with 10 men in a bruising encounter on Sunday.

"They showed character, inspired one another and wanted to win".

"The first half of the game was probably the worst football we've played in this campaign".

Group A: At Amsterdam: The Netherlands 3 (Propper 7, 80, Robben 67) bt Bulgaria 1 (Kostadinov 69); At Borisov: Belarus 0 lost to Sweden 4 (Forsberg 18, Nyman 24, Berg 57, Granqvist 84-pen); At Toulouse: France 0 drew with Luxembourg 0.

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