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Belgium becomes first European country to qualify for 2018 World Cup

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Belgium have qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after a 2-1 win over Greece.

They become the first European country to join hosts Russia at next summer’s tournament, as goals from Jan Vertonghen and Romelu Lukaku gave them victory in Greece.

All three goals came in a five-minute second-half period, which began with Vertonghen firing Belgium ahead.

Zeca brought Greece level soon after but Lukaku scored the final goal with a glancing header a minute later.

Belgium lead Group H by eight points with two games to play.

They have now joined Brazil, Mexico, Iran and Japan in qualifying for the World Cup, with Russia automatically getting a place as hosts.

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