Michy Batshuayi and Axel Witsel: both had reasons to celebrate.

No miracle for Iceland in Brussels as Red Devils steamroll through

In football, the Belgian national team have beaten Iceland 2-0 on a grey and chilly evening in Brussels. In the absence of Romelu Lukaku, a Michy Batshuayi double did the job for Belgium after the break. Belgium lead their group in the UEFA Nations League.  

Iceland, the revelations of the 2016 European Championships, stood strong in the first half. They hardly left any space for the Belgians, and despite a staggering ball possession of 80 percent against 20, the Red Devils hardly had any opportunities before the break. 

Manchester United Manager José Mourinho witnessed how Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi broke the deadlock after the break, with two goals. Actually, it was Eden Hazard who broke the deadlock, breaking open the Iceland defence with a swift effort to get Batshuayi into a scoring position. In a game that saw midfielder Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund) celebrate his 100th cap, Batshuayi added a second goal, a tip-in after a Hans Vanaken shot was saved by the goalkeeper. 

Belgium have the maximum of 9 points from 3 matches in the Nations League. The tie at Switzerland next weekend will be crucial. Belgium need a draw to be sure of first place and a spot in the Final Four next summer. Belgium won the home tie against Switzerland 2-1.   

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