World No 1s Belgium beat Italy, NI overcome Latvia

Date published: Friday 13th November 2015 11:00

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The world’s new number one side Belgium produced an impressive second-half display as they completed a comeback to beat Italy 3-1 in Brussels.

Antonio Candreva had given Italy a third-minute lead but that was quickly cancelled out by Jan Vertonghen. Kevin De Bruyne gave Belgium the lead with a shot that bounced over Gianluigi Buffon’s head after 74 minutes before substitute Michy Batshuayi wrapped up the win.


The prolific Robert Lewandowski struck twice in the final 14 minutes as Poland beat Iceland 4-2 in Warsaw. The score had been locked at 2-2 before the Bayern Munich star’s intervention after a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty and Alfred Finnbogason effort for Iceland and Poland goals from Kamil Grosicki and Bartosz Kapustka.

Northern Ireland continued their celebrations after qualifying for Euro 2016 by beating Latvia 1-0 at Windsor Park with a 55th-minute Steven Davis goal.

The Czech Republic ran out 4-1 winners over Serbia in Mlada Boleslav with goals from Tomas Sivok, Tomas Necid, Ladislav Krejci and Ondrej Zahustel.

Slovakia survived a Switzerland fightback in Trnava to claim a 3-2 win. Two goals from Michal Duris and another from Robert Mak inside 55 minutes put the hosts in control but the Swiss produced a fighting finish as Eren Derdiyok and Josip Drmic replied.

Greece, humbled in Euro qualifying as they finished bottom of their group, suffered another dismal result as they were beaten 1-0 in Luxembourg after an injury-time strike from Aurelien Joachim.

In Doha, Turkey came from behind to beat Qatar 2-1 with goals from Arda Turan and Cenk Tosun.

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