Fellaini Header Makes the Difference as Belgium beat Czech Republic

Substitute Marouane Fellaini’s second-half header saw Belgium record a 2-1 win over Czech Republic in Monday’s international friendly at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

The home side’s preparations for the game were disrupted by Eden Hazard fracturing his ankle in training, but the Chelsea star’s misfortune did not stop Michy Batshuayi from opening the scoring midway through the first half after a strong start.

Sloppy play from Kevin De Bruyne allowed Michal Krmencik to level the scoring shortly after, but Fellaini eventually delivered the hosts the win with a powerful 52nd-minute header.

Roberto Martinez’s men will be looking to build on their victory when they take on Estonia on Friday in Group H of the World Cup qualification. They sit first in their section with 13 points from five games, two points clear of second-placed Greece.

Czech Republic, meanwhile, take on Norway on Saturday in Group C, with Karel Jarolim’s side third in their group behind Germany and Northern Ireland

 

FINAL RESULT

Belgium 2-1 Czech Republic

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