With the tie against Israel being postponed due to political reasons early September, Belgium took on Andorra in what was their opening match of the new Euro 2016 campaign, and their first official match since being ousted from the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil.
The Koning Boudewijn venue in Brussels was packed with a sell-out crowd of 45,000, and this for a match against the little known amateur players of Andorra, ranked a low 203 on the FIFA world list. It shows that the national team is still hot, a trend that continues after the World Cup.
Sizzling De Bruyne rips Andorra defence apart
In-form midfielder Kevin De Bruyne of Wolfsburg had taken over the role as playmaker from Chelsea ace Eden Hazard, who was sidelined with a toe injury, and did this with success. He hit the woodwork in the opening minute and had an assist for Divock Origi, who hit the frame another 2 times.
Kevin De Bruyne himself broke the deadlock after 30 minutes from the penalty spot, soon adding a second one (photo below). A Nacer Chadli half-volley made it 3-0, as he cashed in on a Jan Vertonghen cross, a 100% Tottenham goal. 3-0 was also the score at half-time.
Striker Divock Origi, the latest emerging talent in Marc Wilmots' squad who is bound to move to Liverpool next season, made it 4-0, with Napoli forward Dries Mertens adding 2 more: 6-0. Belgium next travel to Bosnia where they will face a tougher test on Monday.
In other action in qualifying group B, Wales held Bosnia-Herzegovina to a draw (0-0), while Israel took the 3 points in Cyprus (1-2). Wales have the lead with 4 points from 2 matches.