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Koning Boudewijn Stadion (ATT 34,585) 29th March 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Stalhammar

Belgium Belgium vs Azerbaijan Azerbaijan

Belgium 4

J Vertonghen (12)
T Simons (pen 31)
N Chadli (45+1)
J Vossen (74)

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Azerbaijan 1

R Abbasov (16)

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Last Updated: 29/03/11 10:47pm

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Vertonghen: Scored opener

Vertonghen: Scored opener

Belgium produced a polished performance to see off Azerbaijan 4-1 and increase their chances of finishing second in Group A.

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Jan Vertonghen scored an early goal for the Belgians only to see it cancelled out by Ruslan Abishov.

The home side were attacking at will and Timmy Simons' penalty confirmed their dominance before Nacer Chadli made it three before the interval.

Jelle Vossen then applied the gloss to an impressive display as he scored the fourth late on.

Moved

The win moved Belgium a point clear of third-placed Turkey in the group, with Germany comfortably on course to finish top.

Belgium came flying out of the blocks and Moussa Dembele shot against the bar before Vertonghen opened the scoring in the 11th minute.

Simons laid the ball to the Ajax defender who drilled an effort into the far bottom corner from 25 yards.

Vossen then had a sight of goal but fired wide as the hosts continued to threaten, but they were stunned in the 16th minute when Azerbaijan equalised.

Silence

Abishov headed home Mahir Shukurov's outswinging corner to silence the home fans.

Belgium were back in front on the half-hour mark, though, after Rashad Sadygo's handball in the box and Simons' cool penalty into the bottom corner.

Chadli then went close with a free-kick which goalkeeper Kamran Agayev tipped round the post, and the FC Twente winger did add a third in first-half stoppage time when he headed in Axel Witsel's cross.

Vossen made it four in the 74th minute when he picked out the bottom corner from Eden Hazard's ball in.

He nearly gave his side an even more convincing win shortly after but Agayev parried his shot from the edge of the box.

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Tables

European Championship Qualifying Group A

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 30
2 Turkey 10 17
3 Belgium 10 15
4 Austria 10 12
5 Azerbaijan 10 7
6 Kazakhstan 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group B

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 23
2 Republic of Ireland 10 21
3 Armenia 10 17
4 Slovakia 10 15
5 Macedonia 10 8
6 Andorra 10 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 26
2 Estonia 10 16
3 Serbia 10 15
4 Slovenia 10 14
5 Northern Ireland 10 9
6 Faroe Islands 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group D

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 France 10 21
2 Bosnia 10 20
3 Romania 10 14
4 Belarus 10 13
5 Albania 10 9
6 Luxembourg 10 4

European Championship Qualifying Group E

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 27
2 Sweden 10 24
3 Hungary 10 19
4 Finland 10 10
5 Moldova 10 9
6 San Marino 10 0

European Championship Qualifying Group F

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Greece 10 24
2 Croatia 10 22
3 Israel 10 16
4 Latvia 10 11
5 Georgia 10 10
6 Malta 10 1

European Championship Qualifying Group G

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 8 18
2 Montenegro 8 12
3 Switzerland 8 11
4 Wales 8 9
5 Bulgaria 8 5

European Championship Qualifying Group H

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark 8 19
2 Portugal 8 16
3 Norway 8 16
4 Iceland 8 4
5 Cyprus 8 2

European Championship Qualifying Group I

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 24
2 Czech Republic 8 13
3 Scotland 8 11
4 Lithuania 8 5
5 Liechtenstein 8 4

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