Belgium responded to their first UEFA Nations League loss to the Netherlands with five second-half goals as they came back to beat Poland 6-1 on Wednesday. Belgium started with a bang, Michy Batshuayi hitting the post and then having a goal disallowed in the opening five minutes. Poland’s response was patient, their forwards closing in ever closer until Robert Lewandowski took control with a throw-in and then opened the scoring with a half-volley after 28 minutes.
The home side were level shortly before half-time as Timothy Castagne’s clever pass was headed in by Axel Witsel to make it 1-1 at the break. From there, Belgium continued to dominate and took a deserved lead when Eden Hazard broke to set up Kevin De Bruyne as he cowered just inside the box. Substitute Leandro Trossard then netted twice – his second deep curling effort – before a long drive from Leander Dendoncker and Lois Openda’s first goal for his country completed an ultimately emphatic victory.
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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said after the game: “It brings extra emotion when you lose against your rivals, so that was definitely a motivation tonight. Against the Netherlands we were passive, in waiting, insecure. Here we were a team instead of a group of individuals.” Yannick Carrasco, the winning side’s winger added: “We reviewed the Netherlands game. We learned from our mistakes and today we really wanted to show our fans why they shouldn’t lose faith. “We all knew what we had to do and I’m just happy that we were able to deliver that to our fans. Now we want to do even better in the next two games.
Belgium have scored in 46 consecutive international matches, as well as in their last 14 UEFA Nations League matches. While Poland conceded their most goals in a match since losing 6-0 to Spain in a friendly in June 2010.
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