Roberto Martinez’s men were at their brilliant best, as Belgium pounded Iceland to take control of their League of Nations group.

Belgium pushed to the top of its League of Nations table two straight points when they came from behind to thump Iceland 5-1.

Roberto Martinez’s men fell back strangely through Holmbert Fridjonsson’s deflected effort, which marked the first of three goals in seven minutes.

Axel Witsel soon leveled, and Michy Batshuayi made it 2-1 for Belgian hosts, who spurned more chances of extending the lead in the first half. But Dries Mertens put Belgium firmly in command early in the second half, before Batshuayi doubled his tally and Jeremy Doku bent home a brilliant first senior international goal.

It’s a victory that gives them breathing room from England in Group A2 after Denmark held a goalless draw for Gareth Southgate’s men.

The flurry of goals started remarkably in the 10th minute when Fridjonsson ‘s effort from the edge of the area deflected Jason Denayer and over the head of a helpless Koen Casteels.

Kristinsson denied Mertens shortly before half-time but five minutes into the second half after Kevin De Bruyne ‘s shot narrowly deflected wide, the Napoli forward atoned for his earlier miss.

De Bruyne was usually at the forefront as after the ensuing corner he slid a neat pass into Mertens that cut off his left foot from inside to shoot into the bottom-left corner.

Casteels was forced off and replaced by Simon Mignolet after a collision with Jon Fjoluson but this was a slight blemish on a victory that got more emphatic in the 69th minute.

Twice before Batshuayi played De Bruyne in replacement for Yari Verschaeren, whose cutback had been flicked around, Witsel was denied.

Doku applied the finishing touches, catching De Bruyne ‘s gorgeous pass before coming in from the left and curling a magnificent result into the top-right corner.


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