Martinez lauds 'winning team' after Belgium book World Cup spot

Romelu Lukaku designs Belgian national mascot in brilliant video

It proved to be a very tense affair against Greece yesterday morning (Singapore time), but Belgium prevailed 2-1 via goals by Jan Vertonghen and Romelu Lukaku (right).

Belgium became the sixth team to make sure of their place at the 2018 tournament alongside Brazil, Japan, Iran and Mexico, plus Russian Federation who qualified automatically as hosts.

In the battle for second place and a spot in November's two-legged play-offs, Bosnia are now a point ahead of Greece and four clear of Cyprus, beaten 1-0 in Estonia.

The French failed to break through in a 0-0 with minnows Luxembourg in Toulouse to move top of Group A but only by one point.

Lukaku, 24, who has scored three goals in as many Premier League outings for Manchester United this season, will be the spearhead of a powerful Belgium side next summer.

Kenan Kodro-Maksumic, Senad Lulic and Dzeko added further goals in the second half although the final score was harsh on Gibraltar.

Belgium qualified for next year's World Cup by beating Greece but France were pegged back by a humiliating goalless draw at home to Luxembourg.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands boosted their hopes of making it to the finals with a 3-1 win over Bulgaria in Amsterdam.

Group B: At Torshavn: Faroe Islands 1 (Sorensen 31) bt Andorra 0; At Riga: Latvia 0 lost to Switzerland 3 (Seferovic 9, Dzemaili 55, Rodriguez 58-pen); At Budapest: Hungary 0 lost to Portugal 1 (Andre Silva 48).

The Group I encounter resumed in the 21st minute on Sunday with Vida scoring 16 minutes from the end.

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