Belgium win Euro qualifiers Group, Wales keep hopes alive
BARCELONA - Belgium sealed their passage to Euro 2020 as winners of Group I with a 4-1 win over Russia on Saturday, although both teams had already qualified for next summer's tournament.
Wales kept their hopes of qualifying alive with a 2-0 win at Azerbaijan in Group E, while Slovenia scraped a 1-0 win over Latvia in Group G to do the same.
Thorgan Hazard broke the deadlock for Belgium before his elder brother and Real Madrid star Eden Hazard hit a double in St Petersburg to send the visitors in at the break with a comfortable advantage.
Romelu Lukaku added the fourth for Roberto Martinez's rampant Red Devils, with Georgi Dzhikiya notching a consolation for Russia.
Belgium maintained their 100 per cent record in qualifying with their ninth win from nine, which only Group J winners Italy can match.
Goals from Ryan Christie and John McGinn earned Scotland a 2-1 win at Cyprus in a dead rubber.
Scotland, who will be in the play-offs in March after Nations League success, went third thanks to Christie's fine curled opener in the 12th minute and McGinn's side-footed winner eight minutes into the second half.
Cyprus slipped to fourth despite a brilliant volleyed equalizer in the 47th minute by Georgios Efrem, who was unlucky early on when officials failed to spot the ball seemingly crossing the line after his shot struck the bar.
Kazakhstan, fifth, beat bottom of the table San Marino 3-1.
Wales took an early lead in Baku when Kieffer Moore headed home Harry Wilson's corner with the aid of a deflection.
Wilson nodded in the second after 34 minutes when Daniel James's curling effort hit the bar and the post and bounced back to the Bournemouth midfielder with the goalkeeper stranded.
They are third, a point behind second-place Hungary, whom they face in their final qualifier on Tuesday.
Igors Tarasovs's own goal gave Slovenia victory in Ljubljana but if Austria beat North Macedonia later in Group G to go though then they can no longer qualify.
Later Croatia can book their spot in the finals at home to Slovakia in Group E.
Germany could also qualify at home to Belarus in Group C but only if Northern Ireland do not beat the table-topping Netherlands in Belfast.DPA