Belgium Puts on a 5-Star Show in Euros

Published on 30-Mar-2015 by srijan213

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Belgium Puts on a 5-Star Show in Euros

It's no surprise that star-studded Belgium dismantled the minnows from Cyprus in a convincing 5-0 thrashing in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

But it is serving notice that the Belgians can be the next England, so to speak.

There's so much talent at their disposal, but they've yet to accomplish anything of substance. Perhaps they're getting there. Each player in their lineup is a hot target in the transfer market. And their big guns were on display against the Cypriots.

First up was the newly transformed midfielder under Louis Van Gaal, Marouane Fellaini.

OK, maybe he's not as swift as Messi, but you have to take into account the air drag on that giant Afro.

Belgium quickly registered another one. as Christian Benteke headed one in.

Eden Hazard’s pinpoint cross paired with Benteke’s aerial acumen is deadly for even park-the-bus ­defenses, let alone Cyprus.

It was Fellaini again to score for Belgium. And no, not from his head. The ball could get lost in there.

Dude's truly been reborn under van Gaal. David Moyes should take notes on how to pull out the best of a player.

Hazard has been compared to the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, but the only thing holding him back is his shooting skill. At least, that's what the so-called football experts claim .

On the weekend, though, he indicated that this might not be the case:

Those feet don’t just assist. They score, too.

Michy Batshuayi scored the final Belgian goal -- and his international debut market -- just under three minutes after stepping on the field.

It was still slower than Harry Kane’s debut goal but longer than Steven Gerrard’s stay in Anfield against Manchester United.

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