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City Stadium Skopje (ATT 20,000) 22nd March 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Deniz Aytekin

Macedonia Macedonia vs Belgium Belgium

Macedonia 0

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Belgium 2

K De Bruyne (26)
E Hazard (pen 62)

Belgium enjoy routine win

Hazard helps inspire comfortable win

Last Updated: 22/03/13 11:24pm

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Kevin De Bruyne celebrates his opener against Macedonia

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates his opener against Macedonia

Belgium secured a comfortable 2-0 win in Macedonia to maintain their lead at the top of Group A on goal difference.

Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard with a penalty were on target for the visitors, who are now on 13 points from five matches and a goal better off then Croatia, who won 2-0 at home to Serbia.

Belgium, who headed into the contest unbeaten in their previous four matches, made a rocky start and were thankful that Ivan Trickovski's header went wide of Thibaut Courtois' post.

The Chelsea stopper then held on to a Agim Ibraimi effort after 14 minutes, before, with their first meaningful attack, Belgium took the lead.

Cutting in from the right, De Bruyne beat Alexander Lazevski before firing past Tome Pacovski at his near post, with the stopper diving in the opposite direction.

After struggling to create chances, striker Mirko Ivanovski replaced Adis Jahovic after 57 minutes as the hosts searched for an equaliser.

However, it was the visitors who came close to adding to their lead just two minutes later when De Bruyne's header was header straight at Pacovski by Vermaelen, who was just six yards out.

They did however get their second moments later with Hazard converting from the spot after Lazevski brought down the Chelsea man.

The home side lost their discipline, with Lazevski, Boban Grncarov and Ivanovski all going into the book.

Ibraimi had another effort late on which was repelled by Courtois, but Belgium were worthy winners.

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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group B
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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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