Belgium are many football followers’ dark horse for the 2014 World Cup finals, and they lived up to the billing with a convincing victory over Sweden in Stockholm on Sunday.
The Red Devils have a huge talented squad and made full use of that by getting the better of their hosts 2-0 at the Friends Arena in the friendly international.
Marc Wilmots’ side were in control of the contest right from the start and surged ahead on 34 minutes through Romelu Lukaku. The Chelsea striker, who played on loan for Everton during the 2013-14 season, scored the opening goal with a stunning 34th-minute left-footed drive.
Then with 12 minutes of normal time remaining, another Chelsea player, Eden Hazard, secured the win. The 23-year-old cut in from the left, played a one-two with Kevin De Bruyne and slotted home.
Overall, it was an encouraging victory built on a very promising performance, leading captain Vincent Kompany, who lifted the Premier League title with Manchester City just last month, to revel in the triumph on social networking site Twitter.
Goed resultaat. Bon match. En een aantal klasseflitsen. On to the next one. #swebel— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) June 1, 2014
Belgium have a truly good squad with both experienced and young players. They have been placed in a relatively easy group with Russia, Algeria and South Korea their opponents. Only time will tell how far the Belgians can progress in Brazil