Euro Qualifying

Euro Qualifiers Top Five, Matchday Seven: Dzyuba and Lewandowski land 10s

Tielemans, Chadli and Lukaku in great form against minnows

 
11:53am on Sunday 13th October 2019
By
Paul Macdonald
UEQOct 10, 2019W
  • 87'
  • 10

    Artem Dyzuba is enjoying a real late-career renaissance and he was in unstoppable form against a Scotland team who were more than happy to allow him to dominate them.

    His first goal was a superb swivel and volley from inside the area into the top corner, while holding off his marker, before showing persistence to stab home from close range to seal the win. His marvellous one-two with Alexander Golovin sealed the win and it could have been even better had his audacious curling shot from virtually on the goal-line hadn't careered back off the crossbar.

    Robert Lewandowski is as hot as he has ever been at club level at the moment, scoring with everything he touches, and he transferred that form to national team level with a much-needed hat-trick for Poland in Latvia.

    All of Lewy's finishes were typical poacher's efforts in and around the goal, all dispatched with aplomb, and while the forward may be 31 now, he is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down in his quest for goals, goals, goals - it's 18 of them in just 13 appearances in 2019-20.

    UEQOct 10, 2019W
    Youri Tielemans DM, AM (C)
  • 90'
  • 10

    San Marino are unquestionably the worst side in Europe and have been for some time, but they still require beating, and Youri Tielemans produced an absolutely dominant midfield display to round off Belgium's comprehensive 9-0 victory.

    As well as providing a goal and an assist, he completed an astonishing 59 passes into the final third, as well as winning 6/7 tackles and eight ball recoveries. He completed 86/94 (91%) of his passes too.

    Malinovsky produced a vintage midfield performance to drag Ukraine to victory against a stubborn Lithuania side. The Atalanta midfielder not only scored two excellent goals, including a brilliant swerving free-kick, but utterly dominated the midfield area.

    He completed four dribbles, won four tackles and managed 14 recoveries, alongside his exemplary range of passing, completing 91/100 attempts.

    UEQOct 10, 2019W
    Nacer Chadli AM, DM (L)
  • 90'
  • 9.9

    Like Tielemans, Chadli camped himself in the San Marino half for most of Belgium's thumping win as the Red Devils dominated proceedings.

    Chadli, now at Anderlecht, scored one while creating two big chances for team-mates that were ultimately squandered - the win could have been even bigger - while recording 13 touches in the opposition area, topped only by team-mate Romelu Lukaku. He also had a near-perfect return with his passing too, with 63/67 successfully finding their mark.

    HONOURABLE MENTIONS

    Lukaku (9.8) did what Lukaku does against inferior opposition, while Memphis Depay dragged the Netherlands to victory against a Northern Ireland side which made life extremely difficult for the Oranje for long periods.

    ROUND TO FORGET

    if you are a defender from San Marino, Scotland or Hungary, probably best to move onto the next fixture and forget these ever happened.

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