Belgium was up against San Marino for the qualifying game of the European Championship. Belgium scored 6 goals in the first half giving them a record-tying victory and a place for sure in the next year’s tournament.
Later, three goals during the 2nd half ensured that the Netherlands will too have a seat at the much-anticipated tournament next year.
Belgium, the top-ranked nation for soccer in the world, was able to become the first team of the Euro 2020 qualifiers to have qualified for the tournament as they crushed San Marino by 9-0. This win results in Belgium to tie for the biggest margin win of the soccer history.
The match was being held at Brussels and by the halftime, the score was already 6-0 as a striker of Belgium Romelu Lukaku had his two goals for passing the 50 goals marker in the international games.
With this win, Belgium has now cemented their place at the top of Group I and are now guaranteed to have top-2 finish with still 3 spare qualifying games.
As for their neighboring team, Northern Ireland did not have it easy in their game against the Netherlands. The Netherlands was able to make a comeback form trailing behind 1 goal to score 3 goals in the 80th minute of the game to win over Ireland by 3-1 at Rotterdam. Memphis Depay led Netherlands victory with him scoring 2 of the late goals.
This win for Netherlands and loss for Ireland left these two teams to have a 3-way tie with Germany for Group C for 12 points. Ireland has already played a game before this and now they have 2 more qualifying games; one with Dutch and other with the Germans.
In other matches of the night, Croatia won over Hungary by 3-0 whereas Poland defeated Lativia by 30-0 as well to have control in the group.
The top two in each of the group stages will be able to qualify for the 24 team roster of Europe 2020 which will be played in between 12 countries. As for the other 4 qualifiers, they will be held through playoffs in March.