Inexperienced Belgium beat Burkina Faso in friendly

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Christian Benteke (second from left) celebrates scoringBenteke scored his 18th international goal for Belgium

Leandro Trossard and Christian Benteke were among the scorers as an inexperienced Belgium beat Burkina Faso in a friendly.

Belgium were without the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku but were still the better side despite some early defensive jitters.

Hans Vanaken headed them into the lead before Trossard slotted in the second.

Crystal Palace striker Benteke rounded off the scoring, heading home from Brighton forward Trossard's cross.

Burkina Faso reached the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in February, but have not qualified for the World Cup and on Thursday were thrashed 5-0 by Kosovo, ranked 109th in the world.

Belgium will be in Friday's draw for the finals in Qatar after finishing top of European qualifying Group E.

This year's World Cup finals get under way on 21 November.



Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 13Sels
  • 3DenayerSubstituted forDendonckerat 45'minutes
  • 24Bornauw
  • 25Van der Heyden
  • 21Foket
  • 7VanakenSubstituted forMangalaat 78'minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forOrigiat 78'minutes
  • 18JanuzajSubstituted forVerschaerenat 53'minutes
  • 14De KetelaereSubstituted forSaelemaekersat 53'minutes
  • 23BatshuayiSubstituted forBentekeat 69'minutes


  • 1Kaminski
  • 2Faes
  • 5Theate
  • 6Dendoncker
  • 9Vanzeir
  • 12Roef
  • 15Mangala
  • 16Verschaeren
  • 17Origi
  • 19Sambi Lokonga
  • 20Benteke
  • 22Saelemaekers

Burkina Faso

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Koffi
  • 25YagoSubstituted forNegawabloua Baziéat 79'minutes
  • 14DayoSubstituted forDjigaat 89'minutes
  • 12TapsobaBooked at 83mins
  • 13Guiebre
  • 24GuiraBooked at 72mins
  • 22Touré
  • 10TraoréSubstituted forOuattaraat 79'minutes
  • 20SangaréSubstituted forKiat 59'minutes
  • 21BayalaBooked at 32minsSubstituted forBadoloat 59'minutes
  • 28OuattaraSubstituted forNoufou Zagréat 89'minutes


  • 1Balora
  • 2Negawabloua Bazié
  • 3Traoré
  • 5Djiga
  • 7Ouattara
  • 8Badolo
  • 11Bandé
  • 17Ki
  • 18Ouédraogo
  • 19Ouattara
  • 29Noufou Zagré
  • 30Nikiema

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Belgium 3, Burkina Faso 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Belgium 3, Burkina Faso 0.

  3. Foul by Youri Tielemans (Belgium).

  4. Abdoul Guiebre (Burkina Faso) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Corner, Burkina Faso. Conceded by Matz Sels.

  6. Attempt saved. Abdoul Guiebre (Burkina Faso) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephane Aziz Ki with a through ball.

  7. Substitution, Burkina Faso. Abdel Rachid Noufou Zagré replaces Dango Ouattara.

  8. Substitution, Burkina Faso. Nasser Djiga replaces Issoufou Dayo because of an injury.

  9. Siebe Van der Heyden (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by Stephane Aziz Ki (Burkina Faso).

  11. Attempt blocked. Youri Tielemans (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Christian Benteke (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Foul by Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso).

  15. Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Cédric Badolo.

  16. Attempt blocked. Alexis Saelemaekers (Belgium) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

  17. Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Issoufou Dayo.

  18. Substitution, Burkina Faso. Abou Ouattara replaces Bertrand Traoré.

  19. Substitution, Burkina Faso. Joffrey Bazié replaces Steeve Yago.

  20. Divock Origi (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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