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City’s De Bruyne instrumental in Belgium’s 0-4 Hampden win

Kevin De Bruyne confirmed his status as King of the assist as Belgium stormed to a convincing 0-4 win against Scotland in Glasgow on Monday evening. Work by De Bruyne provided the ammunition for Lukaku, Vermaelen and Alderweirld to score first half goals that saw Belgium lead the Scots by three goals to nil after just half an hour of play. The Red Devils now have 18 points from 6 Euro 2020 qualifying games and now look certain to qualify for next year’s European football championships.     

The Belgians had something to make good after their lacklustre first hour in last Friday’s game against San Marino. Roberto Martinez made 5 changes to his starting line-up. He brought in Vermaelen, Dendoncker, Chadli, Mertens and Lukaku for Denayer, Carrasco, Januzaj, Batshuayi and Origi.     

Belgium opened the scoring with a world-class goal on 9 minutes. De Bruyne’s assist ensured that Romelu Lukaku was able to score his 49th international goal on 9 minutes.    

The difference in class between Belgium and Scotland was all too apparent. The Scottish defence allowed the Belgians too much space and freedom to attack.  There was another chance for Lukaku and shortly after Belgium’s second goal came from yet another De Bruyne assist. This time it was Vermaelen that did the honours and it was 0-3. More good work from De Bruyne provided Alderweireld with all he needed to make it 0-3 on 32 minutes which was the also the score at half time.      

In the second half the Scots tried to give their fans something to cheer about. However, they wasted their most of chances. Courtois made a good save from Robertson.  

Victory was already in the pocket for Belgium. However, after a number of near misses, the icing on the cake came when De Bruyne himself made it 0-4 on 82 minutes.

The result sees Belgium remain top of their group with 18 points from 6 games and a goal difference of +18. Scotland are next to bottom of the group with 6 points.     

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Martinez calls De Bruyne “The best playmaker in the world”

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has hailed Kevin De Bruyne as "the best playmaker in the world" after he scored one goal and set up three more in their 4-0 win over Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying on Monday.

 "For me, he is the best playmaker in the world," said Martinez.

"Playmakers dictate the tempo, give perfect passes and they take responsibility. He did all of that against Scotland."     Martinez also said he was glad to see other players step up and lead the way with Hazard out injured.

 "I was really pleased with the performances of our experienced players particularly because Eden Hazard was not here," he added.

"They had to take over the leadership and show by example, and I thought Jan Vertonghen did that perfectly, he's a really strong leader."

Despite the praise being heaped upon De Bruyne's shoulders, the Manchester City man played down his performance.

"I didn't play a world class match, I just did my job," he told reporters.

"When your career is over, then you can look back at what you did. But at this moment I just want to win matches."

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