Belgium's Michy Batshuayi jubilates after scoring his sides second goal during an international friendly soccer match between Belgium and Switzerland at the King Power stadium in Leuven.(AP)
Belgium's Michy Batshuayi jubilates after scoring his sides second goal during an international friendly soccer match between Belgium and Switzerland at the King Power stadium in Leuven.(AP)

Batshuayi nets 2 as Belgium beats Switzerland 2-1

The Crystal Palace forward showed clinical efficiency to convert Belgium’s two best chances in the second half after Switzerland deservedly took the lead with an early goal that rewarded its intense pressing.
By Press Trust of India | Leuven
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 10:33 AM IST

Striker Michy Batshuayi scored twice to help a makeshift Belgium side come from behind to beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly game.

The Crystal Palace forward showed clinical efficiency to convert Belgium’s two best chances in the second half after Switzerland deservedly took the lead with an early goal that rewarded its intense pressing.

Ahead of upcoming Nations League matches against England and Denmark, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez played mostly his backups and handed debuts to youngsters Dodi Lukebakio, Hannes Delcroix and Charles De Ketelaere.

Regular starters Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku were rested. FIFA’s top-ranked team was also without Real Madrid star Eden Hazard, who remained quarantined in Spain following a positive COVID-19 test.

“There were a lot new players today and the match was very physical,” Batshuayi said. “It feels good to win this kind of matches, it was good test for the newbies, and for me too.”Switzerland pressed high in the early stages and took the lead in the 12th minute following a defensive error from Sebastiaan Bornauw, who failed to control a long ball and headed it back into the path of Admir Mehmedi. The Switzerland forward moved into the area unmarked and fired a powerful shot past ‘keeper Simon Mignolet.

Bereft of attacking inspiration, the hosts struggled throughout the first half and would have conceded a second goal if not for Mignolet’s save in the 27th, when Mehmedi had another chance from close range after Belgium gave the ball away close to its box.

Youri Tielemans came on after the interval and the Leicester midfielder won the ball high in Switzerland’s camp in the 53rd minute and set up Batshuayi, who converted his first chance with a left-foot shot after dribbling past a defender.

The hosts played more aggressively in the second half but did not create much while Switzerland continued to threaten with good attacking combinations. Right back Silvan Widmer came close soon after the hour-mark when he forced Mignolet to a diving save with a precise shot.

Belgium finally found a winner after a move ignited down the left flank by Lukebakio, who got past his marker and crossed at the far post. Thomas Foket connected with the ball and put it back in the box for Batshuayi. The striker received the ball with his back to the goal, turned around and and slammed it into the net in the 70th.

The game was played in the city of Leuven without fans because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Last in its group, Switzerland hosts Spain then Ukraine in its next Nations League games.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel celebrates with Cesar Azpilicueta after the match.(Pool via REUTERS)
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel celebrates with Cesar Azpilicueta after the match.(Pool via REUTERS)

Chelsea march on under Tuchel with 2-0 win over Everton

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 07:05 AM IST
In the 64th minute, Havertz raced on to a long ball and was brought down by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Jorginho scored from the spot after his trademark skip to send Pickford the wrong way.
Close
Mumbai City players are over the moon after the winning penalty was scored. (ISL)
Mumbai City players are over the moon after the winning penalty was scored. (ISL)

Mumbai City FC pip FC Goa to enter ISL final

By Bhargab Sarmah
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 11:14 PM IST
  • Mumbai City managed to eke out a goalless draw before winning the tie that finished 2-2 on aggregate in penalties.
Close
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Getty Images)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Getty Images)

With Ole at the wheel, United know where they are going

By Dhiman Sarkar, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 10:43 PM IST
  • Emphatic win against City shows Solskjaer’s tactical nous and the ability to improve players
Close
File image of David James. (Getty Images)
File image of David James. (Getty Images)

Teams left in Champions League wish they don’t draw Manchester City: David James

By Rajesh Pansare, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 09:27 PM IST
  • Elaborating on the polarisation aspect, James cited the examples of quality goalkeepers on display in the Champions League knockouts.
Close
Southampton's Danny Ings receives medical attention(Pool via REUTERS)
Southampton's Danny Ings receives medical attention(Pool via REUTERS)

Saints' Danny Ings out for three weeks with muscle injury

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 07:12 PM IST
Ings went to ground early in the game at Bramall Lane and was replaced by Che Adams as manager Ralph Hasenhuettl was left frustrated by another injury to his influential striker, though the Austrian said the problem was not as bad as suspected.
Close
The Champions League Trophy stands on display during the UEFA Champions League football group stage draw ceremony.(Getty Images)
The Champions League Trophy stands on display during the UEFA Champions League football group stage draw ceremony.(Getty Images)

European clubs target global fans with Champions League plan

AP, Geneva
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 05:14 PM IST
  • A UEFA-led proposal to change its clubs competitions in 2024 — abolishing traditional four-team groups and adding 100 Champions League games in a 36-team format — was being presented to more than 200 European Club Association members.
Close
FILE PHOTO: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.(REUTERS)

Rangers still have work to do, says Gerrard after title win

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 12:18 PM IST
Rangers, with 88 points from 32 matches, sealed their 55th league title after second-placed Celtic were frustrated by Dundee United in a goalless draw.
Close
Tottenham's Gareth Bale.(Pool via REUTERS)
Tottenham's Gareth Bale.(Pool via REUTERS)

Bale over psychological scars of past injuries: Mourinho

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 10:17 AM IST
Bale and Harry Kane struck two goals each on Sunday to help Spurs move into sixth spot in the Premier League on 45 points after 27 games, two points adrift of Chelsea in fourth.
Close
Barcelona's Ilaix Moriba celebrates scoring their second goal with Lionel Messi REUTERS/Vincent West(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Ilaix Moriba celebrates scoring their second goal with Lionel Messi REUTERS/Vincent West(REUTERS)

Barca has deficit to overcome to recover in Champions League

AP, Barcelona
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 10:15 AM IST
Even though PSG defends a big lead at Parc des Princes, there may be some nerves about facing Lionel Messi in top form once again. PSG went out after losing 6-1 in Spain in 2017 having won the home leg 4-0.
Close
FC Barcelona elects Joan Laporta as new club president. (REUTERS)
FC Barcelona elects Joan Laporta as new club president. (REUTERS)

Joan Laporta back as president at embattled Barcelona

AP
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2021 07:02 AM IST
  • During the seven years of his presidency, the first team achieved two Champions Leagues, four league championships, a Copa del Rey, a Club World Cup, a European Super Cup, three Spanish Super Cups and three Spanish Cups.
Close
Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris celebrates with manager Jose Mourinho after the match (REUTERS)
Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris celebrates with manager Jose Mourinho after the match (REUTERS)

100 goals not bad for a negative team, says Tottenham boss Mourinho

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2021 05:44 AM IST
Until the current three-match winning run in the Premier League, Tottenham were sliding down the table with Mourinho's tactics coming under scrutiny.
Close
Manchester United's Luke Shaw celebrates scoring their second goal, against Manchester City, with teammates Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell(REUTERS)
Manchester United's Luke Shaw celebrates scoring their second goal, against Manchester City, with teammates Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell(REUTERS)

Manchester United down City in derby, Spurs rout Palace as Kane & Bale hit brace

Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2021 06:54 AM IST
Pep Guardiola's side could have few complaints as a second-minute penalty converted by Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw's fine finish early in the second half earned United a surprise win.
Close
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates scoring their first goal with Casemiro (REUTERS)
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates scoring their first goal with Casemiro (REUTERS)

Atletico title pursuit stalled by late Madrid equalizer

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:14 PM IST
  • Karim Benzema, back in the Madrid squad after an injury layoff, scored in the 87th minute after Luis Suárez's early goal for Atlético at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Close
Fulham players celebrate at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Fulham at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, March 7, 2021.(AP)
Fulham players celebrate at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Fulham at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Sunday, March 7, 2021.(AP)

Liverpool suffer sixth straight Anfield loss as Fulham win 1-0

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 09:49 PM IST
Juergen Klopp made seven changes to the Liverpool side that lost 1-0 to Chelsea on Thursday but it made little difference as Lemina out-muscled Mohamed Salah on the edge of the box to take possession before lashing the ball home in the 45th minute.
Close
Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini, foreground is challenged by Genoa's Gianluca Scamacca during the Serie A soccer match between Roma and Genoa at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, March 7, 2021. (AP)
Roma's Lorenzo Pellegrini, foreground is challenged by Genoa's Gianluca Scamacca during the Serie A soccer match between Roma and Genoa at the Rome Olympic Stadium Sunday, March 7, 2021. (AP)

Roma beat Genoa 1-0 to move into Champions League places

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2021 08:15 PM IST
  • Genoa remained seven points above the relegation zone after its second loss in three matches. It had only lost one of the previous 10 since Davide Ballardini replaced Rolando Maran as coach.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP