Belgians Christian Benteke, Yannick Carrasco, and Thorgan Hazard were on track to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in Qatar. With a comfortable 3-1 win against Estonia in the penultimate qualifying football match, Belgium qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Roberto Martinez’s men were in command throughout the Group E match, with Christian Benteke’s easy finish putting them on pace for victory in less a quarter of an hour. For the rest of the first half, the Red Devils harassed the Estonia goal without success before Yannick Carrasco, who had a hand in the opener, smashed home a second in the 53rd minute.
Erik Sorga pulled one back for the group’s second-bottom side, but Thorgan Hazard restored Belgium’s two-goal lead after replacing brother Eden, and their five-point lead at the summit ensured they would be at the Finals in the Middle East, which begin next November. Estonia could only postpone the inevitable until the 11th minute when Benteke tapped in after Matvei Igonen fumbled Carrasco’s pullback after Kevin De Bruyne’s spectacular ball.
Before Benteke was frustrated by the woodwork and then Igonen, De Bruyne saw a free-kick brilliantly pushed into the post by Igonen as Belgium poured on the pressure. De Bruyne sent Eden Hazard through on goal with a fantastic pass with the outside of his boot, but the Real Madrid star was unable to round Igonen, who made a fine smothering save.
But Igonen couldn’t stop Carrasco’s twisting long-range attempt from settling in the top corner, giving Belgium the command they deserved for their efforts. Estonia did respond unexpectedly, with Sorga capitalizing on a rebound after Thibaut Courtois could only parry Rauno Sappinen’s shot.
De Bruyne’s superbly weighted cross to the far post was headed home by Thorgan Hazard, with the offside flag removing more gloss to the scoreline from Alexis Saelemaekers. Watch as Belgium beat Estonia and got qualified for World Cup to be played at Qatar in 2022.