A Kevin De Bruyne (pictured)inspired Belgium all but ended Scottish dreams of a place in next years Euro 2020 finals, with a dominant performance leading to a 4-0 victory at Hampden park last night.
The Manchester City player was on fire as he set up the first three goals before scoring the fourth himself as he showed exactly why he is classed amongst the best in the world.
The win made it six from six for the Belgium’s, currently ranked number one in the world, while Scotland most look at earning a place in next years play offs to have any chance of making their first major finals for 22 years.
Coming off the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Russia on Friday, Scotland needed to produce a performance against the Belgium’s, but unfortunately despite a host of changes to the starting line up with Scotland, with Kenny McLean, Ryan Christie, Robert Snodgrass and Matt Phillips coming in for John McGinn, Ryan Fraser, James Forrest and Oli McBurnie, other than a few seconds of optimism early on, the scots could only watch as their paper thin defence was ripped apart at will.
Even without the wizardry of Eden Hazard, The brilliance of De Bruyne was more than enough to tear the Scottish back four to bits on numerous occasions. The first goal after only nine minutes came from the quick thinking of Dries Mertens, who found an unmarked De Bruyne on the left, with time and space to pick out Romelu Lukaku who simple strolled towards goal unmarked for the simplest of finishes, with the whole process from one end of the field to the other taking 14 seconds in total.
Next up De Bruyne was at it again with a pin point cross from the right finding Thomas Vermaelen who just toe poked the ball into the back of the net making it 2-0. The Scottish supporters did have reason to gasp when Kevin Phillips nearly caught Thibaut Courtois out of position, but it wasn’t long before normal service resumed and on the half hour mark defender Tony Alderweireld lost his defender and another pinpoint cross by a de Bruyne this time from a corner kick found the Spurs man who hammered the ball into the net via the underside of the crossbar making it 3-0.
The second half was a story of missed chances at both ends and some dodgey decesion making from the scots, from Stephen O’Donnell’s limp diving effort to try and gain a penalty instead resulting in a free kick for Belgium and a Yellow card for himself.
Eventually, as expected it was Belgium that scored again, this time after some very questionable defence allowed Lukaku time to turn on the edge of the box and find De Bruyne, who slotted a wonderful right footed curling effort past Marshall to cap off what was an individually outstanding performance.