Red Devils lose the magic

The Belgian Red Devils lost to Estonia 2-0 on Wednesday in the last round of the World Cup qualifying round. The hopes that many had of a rejuvenated national team after they won their first match under the leadership of new trainer Dick Advocaat have been dashed. The Red Devils had to swallow one goal per half. They end fourth in their group with 10 points out of a possible 30.

Raio Piiroja and Konstantin Vassiljev scored to give Estonia the 2-0 victory over Belgium on Wednesday in the last round of World Cup qualifier.

Piiroja (photo) received a perfect pass from Vassiljev and headed in the ball in the 30th minute, leaving Belgium goalkeeper Logan Bailly stranded.

The best chance for Belgium came in the 37th minute, but Jan Vertonghen's precise shot failed to beat Estonian goalie Sergei Pareiko.

Estonia doubled the lead after a rapid counter attack in the 67th, when Dmitri Kruglov crossed the ball to Konstantin Vassiljev to make it the final 2-0.

"The result was thanks to our higher determination to win and our aggressive play," Raio Piiroja said; "We knew that this would be the last qualifying game and the last chance to beat the visitors in front of home spectators."

Neither team had a chance of advancing from Group 5, which was won by Spain.


Estonia: Sergei Pareiko, Enar Jaager, Taavi Rahn, Raio Piiroja (Igor Morozov, 62), Dmitri Kruglov, Tarmo Kink (Sander Puri, 59), Aleksandr Dmitrijev, Martin Vunk, Joel Lindpere, Konstantin Vassiljev, Kaimar Saag (Vladimir Voskoboinikov, 72).

Belgium: Logan Bailly, Gill Swerts (Tom De Sutter, 76), Daniel Van Buyten (Toby Alderweireld, 46), Nicolas Lombaerts, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin Mirallas Y Castillo, Gaby Mudingayi (Thomas Buffel, 46), Lokonda Mpenza, Mousa Dembele, Roland Lamah.