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Belgium tops Group B, FIFA ranking after 3-1 win over Israel

De Bruyne, Mertens on target as Belgium beats Israel 3-1 to top Group B and FIFA ranking

Belgium tops Group B, FIFA ranking after 3-1 win over Israel

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Dries Mertens helped Belgium secure top spot in Group B and first place in the FIFA rankings with a 3-1 victory over Israel in their European Championship qualifier on Tuesday.

Victory meant that the 2-0 win of runner-up Wales over Andorra had no impact on the final standings. In a head-to-head for a third-place playoff spot, Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Cyprus 3-2 to give the 2014 World Cup finalist a shot at a second straight major tournament from the plaoffs.

In Brussels, Mertens broke the deadlock in the 64th minute on an assist by De Bruyne, finishing off with a low shotr. Manchester City's De Bruyne scored with a 25-meter free kick in the 78th before Eden Hazard added a goal in the 84th.


Updated : 2021-09-17 00:10 GMT+08:00