Internationals: Hazard scores, France qualify
news Tue 10 Oct 2017
There were wins for Belgium, France and the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying tonight, and a couple of goals for Eden Hazard...
Hazard shone as Belgium brought the curtain down on their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 4-0 win against Cyprus.
The first of Hazard’s two goals, the opener, arrived after just 12 minutes when he picked the ball up and drove at the Cyprus defence before curling a right-footed strike into the bottom corner from outside the penalty area.
Batshuayi, who scored for Belgium at the weekend, came close to extending their advantage before the break but his strike flew just over the bar after he’d spun away from his marker, and seven minutes into the second half he was denied by a brilliant save.
Thorgan Hazard made it 2-0 to Belgium and 10 minutes later Eden scored his second of the game when he converted from the penalty spot.
Willian was a late sub for Brazil in their 3-0 win over Chile.
Brazil had already qualified for the finals but showed their quality once more with another impressive display.
Willian replaced Neymar for the last five minutes and laid on the third goal for Gabriel Jesus.
France’s 2-1 win over Belarus ensured Didier Deschamps’s side progressed to the World Cup finals in Russia.
N’Golo Kante didn’t feature for the home side after coming off injured during their weekend win over Bulgaria, but goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud were enough to secure the points - and their place in the finals.
The Netherlands, however, will not be involved at next summer’s showpiece competition despite a 2-0 win over Sweden tonight.
Marco van Ginkel was an unused sub for the Dutch, and it was former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben who scored both goals in the first half, but they went into the game requiring a huge victory and ultimately fell short.
The result means they finished third in the group, with Sweden progressing to the play-offs.