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International review: Benteke scores again for Belgium

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International review: Benteke scores again for Belgium

By Paul Brown

Christian Benteke kept up his scoring form for Belgium after bagging the opening goal in the 2-1 defeat to Romania in Bucharest.

Belgium scored first in the 22nd minute through Benteke, who took advantage of an error in the defence to beat goalkeeper Ciprian Tartarusanu with a left-footed shot.

It was Benteke's fifth goal for his national team since making his debut just three short months ago.

Unfortunately for Benteke, Romania came from behind to win with a goal from newcomer Alexandru Maxim and a converted penalty by Gabriel Torje.

Maxim equalized in the 31st minute after receiving a pass from Dan Nistor and shooting beyond past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

While Belgium dominated the first half, both sides had roughly an equal share of possession in the second half and Romania were awarded a penalty in the 65th minute.

Torje put the spot kick past Mignolet without any trouble.

Benteke played just under an hour - 57 minutes - and was replaced by Jelle Vossen. It was part of a raft of Belgian changes at that point in proceedings.

A crowd of 51,000 turned up to see Ron Vlaar and the Netherlands take on Germany at the Amsterdam Arena.

But there were to be no goals between the neighbours in a highly-publicised friendly between the two European superpowers.

Vlaar played 90 minutes for the Dutch while former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben was voted man-of-the-match.

Ciaran Clark played the full game, too, as a youthful Republic of Ireland side lost 1-0 at home to Greece.

Clark was joined by Robbie Brady, James McClean and Shane Long as Giovanni Trapattoni opted for a up-and-coming young line-up for the clash at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

But they slipped to defeat as a first-half strike by Jose Holebas decided the friendly.

The Republic appeared to be denied a clear penalty in the opening minute after Konstantinos Stafylidis handled a Stephen Ward cross.

Simon Cox then wasted a glorious Republic chance before Holebas put the Greeks ahead on 29 minutes.

The Irish bossed second-half possession but could not break down the visitors.

Andreas Weimann came on for Austria in the 64th minute in Linz as his side went down 3-0 at home to the slick Ivory Coast.

Didier Ya Konan put the away side ahead just before the break and further goals from Didier Drogba and Lacina Traore earned the win for the African Nations side.

Karim El Ahmadi's Morocco went down 1-0 to Togo in Casablanca.

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By @AVFCOfficial 14th November 2012
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