September 4, 2014 / 8:48 PM / 3 years ago

Soccer-Belgium sink Australia thanks to Mertens and Witsel

Sept 4 (Reuters) - Dries Mertens and Axel Witsel were on target as Belgium marked their first international against Australia by winning their friendly in Liege 2-0 on Thursday.

Belgium, beaten by Argentina in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil, were the better side in a match of relatively few chances.

The opening goal in the 18th minute came when Mertens beat Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan somewhat fortuitously from a narrow angle after Kevin De Bruyne had struck the bar.

Witsel made it 2-0 in the 77th minute, cracking a left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area into the top corner of the net. (Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop, editing by Tony Jimenez)

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