Roberto Martinez praised Belgium’s discipline and non-selfish approach as they sealed their spot in Euro 2020 by thrashing San Marino 9-0.
Martinez’s 31st victory in only his 40th game in charge of Belgium was, perhaps, one of his finest. They made easy work of San Marino, with seven players getting on the scoresheet in Brussels.
Romelu Lukaku moved past the half-century mark by grabbing a brace to take his international tally up to 51 goals. Nacer Chadli, Youri Tieleman, Toby Alderweireld, Christian Benteke, Yari Verschaeren and Timothy Castagne all joined him on the scoresheet.
Defender Cristian Brolli, on the other hand, put the ball inside of his net for San Marino in the first half.
Therefore, Martinez’s side have booked their spot in next summer’s European tournament having won all seven of their Group I matches.
For the Belgium coach, though, it was the team’s discipline and fellowship that pleased him the most.
“We said in advance that our attitude and attitude would be important today,” Martinez told reporters.
“We remained disciplined and it was also important that we gradually became not more selfish.
“I am very happy with the game delivered, with how we came up with opportunities and with the group feeling.
“If you see Yannick Carrasco giving the ball to an 18-year-old for the penalty, it is that human quality of this group that gives me the most pleasure.”
Belgium managed a total of 43 shots compared to San Marino’s 0. They also comfortably made 768 passes compared to visitors’ 152, while boasting 84% ball possession.
The Red Devils will next head out to Kazakhstan on Sunday for their next Euro 2020 qualifier. While their qualification spot is sealed, they are still only three points above Russia at the top of Group I.
So, there is a good chance that Martinez won’t field too many reserves for this weekend’s clash.
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) October 10, 2019