Belgium also knows how to win without Courtois and Hazard

Those of Roberto Martínez, with very important casualties, began the League of Nations with a step forward. Eden, surprisingly, did not jump onto the grass.


There are victories that seem to be worth more than three points, and Belgium's in Denmark to start the Nations League is. Without the definitively retired Kompany, Courtois, Vermaelen or De Bruyne and with Hazard without leaving the bench, Roberto Martínez's selection conquered a frontier reserved for very few privileged ones, that of winning by inertia.

Absent in one way or another perhaps his three brightest stars, Bob changed the scheme from the central three to a 4-3-3. The batch that has to complement and finally relieve the Golden Generation continued to make way, and the team looked less, but it was like itself in the most important thing: it scored more than a rival with whom it will cross in the phase of Eurocup groups.

The first to try was Carrasco, with a shot saved between Schmeichel and the crossbar. Just after, in the 9 ', Denayer, present and future of the defense, made his debut as a scorer: 0-1. Eriksen responded with a whip in the 24th minute, who took out the best Mignolet, but the greatest danger for the Belgians, on more than one occasion by their goalkeeper, was his overconfidence with the ball in his own area.

The game was left in a sleepless night that benefited Belgium, who knew how to put it to sleep completely in 76 '. In a good combination in the 76 'between Thorgan Hazard and Lukaku the ball was left without an owner and Mertens took it to the net: 0-2. Then there was time for Trossard and Doku (18 years old) to make their debut, although not to see Hazard ... "He will be in one of the games, if not in both," Roberto Martínez had announced in the previous one. That complicates the idea of him returning to Madrid after the first one ...

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