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World Cup qualifying Group A: Steven Defour and Kevin Mirallas score in Belgium win

Last Updated: 07/09/13 1:11pm

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Belgium moved to within a point of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil after a comfortable 2-0 win against Scotland.

Goals from Steven Defour and Kevin Mirallas made sure of the three points at a rain-sodden Hampden Park and a point in Croatia next month will seal their spot in the tournament for the first time in 12 years.

Marc Wilmots' side broke the deadlock seven minutes before half-time sending the 7,000 visiting fans into pandemonium.

Toby Alderweireld's low cross was superbly turned home by the right-foot of Defour in one swift movement, giving goalkeeper David Marshall no chance.

It was the 25-year-old FC Porto man's first international goal in five years and he was only in the side due to an injury picked up by Eden Hazard.

They wrapped up the win with two minutes remaining when Christian Benteke's superb through ball was missed by Grant Hanley and that allowed Everton striker Kevin Mirallas to score his eighth international goal with a cool finish.

Early warning

Belgium fired out an early warning when Kevin De Bruyne's corner was bundled just past the post from close range by Christian Benteke as the visitors exerted some early pressure.

There was another close call when Nacer Chadli whipped a tempting ball to the back post where Marouane Fellaini nodded just wide of the target, with the ball taking a slight deflection off Whittaker.

Scotland were dealt a blow when Robert Snodgrass picked up a booking after nine minutes for foul on Axel Witsel, ruling him out of next week's qualifier in Macedonia, before he was the victim of a challenge that earned Fellaini a caution moments later.

Belgium continued to press for the opener and Toby Alderweireld tried his luck with a strike from the edge of the area that Marshall claimed at the second attempt.

At the other end, Scotland had a great chance of their own when Mulgrew teed up the shot for Celtic team-mate Brown and the skipper unleashed a powerful effort that fizzed just past the post.

Marshall was called into action again on what had been a busy night for the Cardiff keeper so far when he did well to smother Witsel's volley.

But he could do nothing to prevent the breakthrough after 38 minutes when a heavy touch by Whittaker gifted Fellaini possession and he released De Bruyne down the right flank, who cut the ball back for Defour to rifle beyond the grasp of Marshall.

Belgium were keen to add to their goal after the restart and Chadli stung the palms of Marshall with a fierce shot, before Benteke drilled wide of the target.

The Scots were just as determined to haul themselves back into the match and Whittaker surged into the box only for the end product to let him down as his shot went past the post.

Hutton then went to ground under pressure from Chadli but there was no spot-kick award from Italian referee Paolo Tagliavento.

With the hour mark approaching, Snodgrass was withdrawn from the action and Ikechi Anya was handed his Scotland debut.

The Watford winger was quickly involved in the action when he burst down the left flank before picking out Maloney for an effort in front of goal he could not keep on target.

Griffiths was then swapped for Rhodes, before Nicolas Lombaerts hobbled out of the action and was replaced by Sebastien Pocognoli.

Scotland could have restored parity with 10 minutes to go when Brown squared into the path of the onrushing Rhodes, who stabbed past the post from six yards.

But there was no way back as the Red Devils doubled their lead with two minutes to go when Benteke's pass found substitute Mirallas and he shrugged off Hanley before lashing into the back of the net.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
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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