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De Bruyne steers Belgium past Germany

Published : 29 Mar 2023 08:46 PM

A goal and two assists from Kevin de Bruyne lifted Belgium past a struggling Germany, winning 3-2 in a friendly in Cologne on Tuesday.

De Bruyne set up two goals early to give his side a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes, before scoring one of his own late in the second to deepen Germany's woes ahead of 2024's Euros, which they will host. Belgium's German-raised coach Domenico Tedesco pushed Yannick Carrasco up front in place of Arsenal's Leandro Trossard and the move paid immediate dividends, with the Atletico Madrid winger blasting in on the counter just six minutes in.

Lukaku, scorer of all three goals in Belgium's 3-0 romp against Sweden on Friday, then smashed in a left-footed effort to put the visitors 2-0 up inside 10 minutes, the goal again assisted by de Bruyne. De Bruyne sealed the result with just over ten minutes remaining with a one-touch finish assisted by Trossard to complete a memorable captain's knock.

Serge Gnabry gave the home side hope of a draw when he scored with three minutes remaining as Germany went in search of an equaliser but the visitors held on for a morale boosting win ahead of next year's Euros.