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Belgium 3 - 0 Iceland | UEFA Nations League

Belgium secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Iceland in their opener for the UEFA Nations League.

Belgium started their campaign with a terrific win against Iceland which marked their 16th win from their last 18 competitive matches. Iceland were chasing a first win in the competition after losing their League A opener against Switzerland on Saturday but ended up in a 0-3 loss against Belgium in their Nations League A, Group 2 clash in Reykjavik.

The Red Devils were in charge from the second Eden Hazard stuck in a 29th-minute penalty after Romelu Lukaku had been pulled down. The Manchester United forward managed to grab the other two on Tuesday night.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 29th minute as Belgium played their first competitive game since beating England in the third-place play-off at the World Cup 2018, before Lukaku, who had won the penalty, struck himself two minutes later.

Bustling forward Lukaku was bundled over by Sverrir Ingi Ingason and the referee immediately pointed to the spot, with Chelsea playmaker Hazard calmly sending Hannes Halldorsson the opposite way with the shot penalty.

Lukaku made it 2-0 to Belgium minutes later, shooting a close-range ball on the rebound that was decided to have crossed the line before Birkir Saevarsson managed to clear. The Manchester United striker then added a third 9 minutes from full time.

It was Belgium’s first game in the new competition and ended a run of 13 competitive matches unbeaten at home for Iceland, who were hammered 6-0 by Switzerland away in their opening Nations League game on Saturday. Iceland manager Erik Hamren has now lost his opening two games as a new manager, conceding 9 goals in the process, leaving the Nordic nation’s reputation for a miserly defense in tatters.

Hamren made three changes to the side that lost to the Swiss with Runar Sigurjonsson, Emil Hallfredsson and Hordur Magnusson coming in for Rurik Gislason, Gudlaugur Victor Palsson, and Bjorn Sigurdarson and his side looked much more solid in the opening minutes.

Belgium began with 9 of the players who started the World Cup third-place playoff win against England in Russia, with the injured Kevin De Bruyne replaced by Dries Mertens. Yet despite missing one of their central playmakers, there was no absence of creativity in the side.

Gylfi Sigurdsson had an early shot diverted as Iceland pushed forward, but once Belgium had taken a decisive 2-0 lead, the hosts strived to produce anything relating to a decent shot on goal.

In contrast, the Belgians poured forward, with Thomas Meunier hitting the bottom of the post midway through the second half, and Lukaku shooting a late one over the bar before driving the ball past Halldorsson to complete the match.

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