Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (KDB) provided an assist as his Belgian side sealed their place at the World Cup 2022 tournament on Qatari soil with a 3-1 win at home to Estonia in what was their penultimate qualifying game in Group E of the European section (first round).


Belgium knew that a win over the Estonians on Saturday night would take them to Qatar 2022 and they did just that though they didn’t have things their way. Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke gave the Red Devils of Belgium the lead on 11 minutes and his goal was the difference between the two nations at the break.

Palace star Benteke has been rejuvenated since the start of the year in the Premier League for his South London team and he showed his quality by providing the assist for Atletico Madrid player Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco to score the second Belgium goal eight minutes into the second half as the Red Devils moved closer to a place at next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament.

Belgium were given a brief scare when substitute Erick Sorga halved the deficit for Estonia on 70 minutes. However, it took the hosts four minutes to restore their two-goal lead thanks to Thorgan Hazard off the assist from Kevin De Bruyne.Thorgan Hazard had come on for his brother, Eden Hazard in the 62nd minute and it took the Borussia Dortmund man twelve (12) minutes to make his mark on the game.

The goal from Thorgan Hazard ensured that Belgium sealed the victory over the Estonians and also confirm their place at the top of the group.

Kevin De Bruyne played 83 minutes of the Estonia game before Club Brugge forward Charles De Ketelaere replaced him with an eye on the Wales game in Cardiff on Tuesday night.