Marouane Fellaini struck twice as Belgium moved within three points of Euro 2016 Group B qualifying leaders Wales with a 5-0 thumping of Cyprus on Saturday.
After a win and two draws from their first three matches, Belgium knew the pressure was on to produce a performance befitting a side ranked fourth in the world.
‘The players enjoyed themselves and knew what to do. Yes, I’m satisfied,’ Belgian coach Marc Wilmots told reporters.
Marouane Fellaini celebrates after scoring for Belgium in their European qualifier against Cyprus
Christian Benteke (right) is congratulated after scoring the second goal in Belgium’s win over Cyprus
Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Lombaerts, Vertonghen, Witsel, Nainggolan, Fellaini (Ferreira Carrasco 69), De Bruyne, Hazard (Mertens 70), Benteke (Batshuayi 77)
Subs not used: Mignolet, Ciman, Chadli, Origi, Deschacht, Vanden Borre, Dembele, Gillet, Denayer
Goals: Fellaini 21, 66, Benteke 35, Hazard 67, Batshuayi 80
Cyprus: Kissas, Kyriakos, Merkis, Laifis, Antoniades, Nicolaou, Laban (Economides 57) Makris (Eleftheriou 71) Makrides (Kastanos 85) Sotiriou, Mitidis
Subs not used: Artymatas, Mintikkis, Englezou, Kolokoudias, Panagi, Charalambous, Sielis, Kittou
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan
The hosts, who reached the quarter-finals of last year’s World Cup, were 2-0 up at halftime although they could easily have been four or five ahead against a packed but often porous Cypriot defence.
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