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Belgium 3-1 Estonia: Christian Benteke on target as Roberto Martinez' side confirm Qatar place - Eurosport
Belgium 3-1 Estonia: Christian Benteke on target as Roberto Martinez' side confirm Qatar place – Eurosport

Belgium defeated Estonia 3-1 to secure a place in next year’s World Cup finals and maintain their unbeaten qualifying record.

After Christian Benteke scored early and Yannick Carrasco and Thorgan Hazard added second-half goals, the 2018 semi-finalists climbed to an unassailable 19 points in Group E.

In the absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi, the 30-year-old Benteke was given a rare opportunity to lead the attack, and he wasted no time in opening the scoring.

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Belgium 3-1 Estonia: Christian Benteke on target as Roberto Martinez' side confirm Qatar place - Eurosport
Belgium 3-1 Estonia: Christian Benteke on target as Roberto Martinez' side confirm Qatar place – Eurosport

He scored from close range after Estonia goalkeeper Matvei Igonen made a terrible mistake, allowing a low cross from Carrasco to slip through his hands.

Benteke had a couple more chances before the break, while Eden Hazard had only the goalkeeper to beat after a clever over-the-top pass from Kevin De Bruyne, but he squandered the opportunity.
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After Benteke set him up in the 52nd minute with a powerful left-footed drive into the top of the net from the edge of the area, Carrasco showed the way.

In the 70th minute, Estonia equalized when Rauno Sappinen’s shot was deflected by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into the path of Erik Sorga, who scored.

The two-goal advantage was restored four minutes later when substitute Thorgan Hazard headed home De Bruyne’s cross.

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