(EFE) – Belgium came back against Estonia in Tallinn and riddled the Baltics (2-5), with targets from Vanaken, Witsel Foket and a double from Lukaku that keep the Red Devils as leaders of Group E qualifying for the World Cup of Qatar 2022.
Roberto Martínez’s Belgium, who appeared in Tallinn as the first team in the FIFA rankings, wanted to erase against Estonia the bitter memory of the recent European Championship, a competition that the Red Devils aspired to win and from which they were removed in the quarterfinals for Italy, ultimately champion.
The modest Estonia, who had not added a point in the first three qualifying matches and to which Belgium endorsed an 8-1 in 2016, seemed the perfect rival to begin to excite Belgian fans with a new opportunity from their generation of gold in the World Cup in Qatar 2022. Perhaps remembering that 8-1 of 2016.
But in the second minute, Hans Vanaken lost a ball in midfield that was intercepted by Mattias Käit, who advanced 25 meters and shot Courtois’ goal. It would not be the only unfortunate mistake of the Belgians in a match that was presented without obvious complications.
The captain of the Central Europeans, Eden Hazard, then threw the team on his back in an eleven without Kevin de Bruyne, out of the call due to injury.
The Real Madrid striker looked for gaps in the Baltic wall, which before the 20th minute of the first half was already celebrating clearances in his area as victories. Wounded in their pride and with a participatory Hazard, Belgium arrived, walked through the area and created danger.
The goal came midway through the first half and came out of Hazard’s boots, who from the right served a perfect cross for Vanaken to head into the Estonian net in the 22nd minute, compensating for his mistake at the start that had changed the script. of the party.
Seven minutes after the equalizer, Lukaku found himself with an ownerless ball in the center of the rival area, pivoted and, scoring his 65th goal with the Belgian elastic, proved once again that he is one of the most efficient scorers in the world.
In case there were doubts, the Chelsea striker repeated it after 7 minutes of the second half: a new ball that he received from his back and a new goal from “Big Rom” that certified the Belgian victory on the shores of the Baltic.
The scare aside, with Estonia demoralized and Belgium grown, Axel Witsel added the fourth in 65, a pass from Leandro Trossard, in a triangulation of five players in the Baltic area.
And in ’75, Thomas Foket, who had just entered for Saelmaekers, received an assist from Atlético de Madrid midfielder Yannick Carrasco that allowed him to add the fifth of the night for the Red Devils and the first as an international in his private account for the side of the French Reims.
It was possible to expect a final goal, but it was difficult to predict that it would be from Estonia and that Belgium would end the night as it started, with a distraction in defense, which in this case was taken advantage of by Erik Sorga, which did not prevent him from scoring a win, but with a slight aftertaste bittersweet.
The Belgian team, with 10 points in 4 games, will face the Czech Republic next Sunday in Brussels, second with 7 points, and then face Belarus (3) in Kazan.