Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne produced a master performance as Belgium thrashed Scotland 4-0 at Hampden Park on Monday, September 9th. The win maintains Belgium's 100% record in the Euro 2020 qualifiers and leaves the Scots' European championship hopes hanging on by a thread.
The visitors took the lead in just 10 minutes. After a Scotland corner, Belgium counter-attacked with De Bruyne slipping the ball through to Romelu Lukaku, who slotted into the net.
The second goal came in the 23rd minute. De Bruyne got another assist as he curled a sumptuous cross which was volleyed from close range by former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen.
They scored the third goal just after the half-hour mark. De Bruyne got his hat-trick as his corner was headed in of the crossbar by Toby Alderweireld to leave Belgium with a three-goal cushion at half-time.
The away side continued to dominate in the second half as Dries Mertens was denied by goalkeeper David Marshall before De Bruyne dragged a shot wide. The Man City midfielder finally got his goal to cap off his splendid performance after curling in an effort into the bottom in the 82nd minute.
AFP reported De Bruyne spoke after the game and downplayed his side's performance. "It was not a world-class performance, we just did what we had to do," the Belgium captain said.
"We had a tough start, but after our first goal, we had more control and Scotland did not get many chances."
He also said his side who are 11 points clear have pretty much secured qualification for Euro 2020. "We knew that with a win we would almost certainly qualify, and that is most important," he added.