Belgium 8-1 Estonia: Eden Hazard scores but leaves field injured as Roberto Martinez’s side run riot

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Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium destroyed Estonia 8-1 to seize top spot outright in World Cup Group H qualifying on Sunday.

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Coach Roberto Martinez’s men also struck through Thomas Meunier, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco and an own goal from Ragnar Klavan, with the first three coming inside the opening 25 minutes.

Estonia replied just before the half-hour through Henri Anier but it was a lonely highlight for the Baltic nation who are second from bottom with three points.

MATCH FACTS

Belgium: Courtois, Meunier, Ciman, Dendoncker, Vertonghen, Witsel (Simons 88), De Bruyne, Carrasco, Mertens (Tielemans 79), E Hazard (Mirallas 73), Lukaku.

Subs not used: Sels, Mignolet, Cavanda, Defour, Origi, Foket, Benteke, T Hazard, Batshuayi.

Goals: Meunier 8; Mertens 16, 64, 68; Hazard 25; Carrasco 62; Lukaku 83, 88

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Estonia: Aksalu, Teniste, Baranov, Klavan, Kallaste, Dmitrijev, Mets; Mosnikov (Kams 63), Vassiljev, Luts (Marin 84), Anier (Ojamaa 85).

Subs not used: Londak, Vaikla, Avilov, Pikk, Toomet, Marin, Purje.

Goal: Anier 30

Referee: Alexandru Tudor

Attention soon deflected away from the glut of goals and onto the captain on the night, Hazard, who left the field after 73 minutes when Estonia’s Gert Kams appeared to tread on his foot.

The Chelsea man immediately signalled to the bench and Kevin Mirallas gladly stripped down and took his place. His immediate departure certainly looked more precautionary than forced as he trudged to the bench unaided.

But the sight of Hazard limping is likely to cause Antonio Conte concern ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Middlesbrough next weekend.

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Meunier’s first international goal after eight minutes began the deluge as he timed a run to the back post perfectly to head home Carrasco’s cross.

Mertens’ shot from outside the area took a wicked deflection for the second goal after 16 minutes and Hazard made it 3-0 with a powerful drive after a swift attacking move.

A rare defensive slip then allowed Anier to turn and beat keeper Thibaut Courtois before the break.

Belgium added three more goals in six minutes soon after the hour mark as they claimed their fourth group victory.

Unmarked Carrasco finished off a square pass from Lukaku before Klavan steered a centre by Mertens into his own net.

Mertens then grabbed his second goal with a chip over the goalkeeper after Lukaku’s effort had been well saved.

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Lukaku was rewarded for his contribution when his 83rd-minute shot took a deflection to leave goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu with no chance.

Eden Hazard scored but was forced off with a foot complaint in the second half

The Everton striker was then fed five minutes later with a clever ball from midfield and he raced towards goal before shooting into the corner of the net.

Belgium have 12 points from four games, two ahead of second-placed Greece and five in front of Bosnia who are third.

Greece were held 1-1 at home by Bosnia on Sunday.

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