Desperate to earn their first points in Group E, the Diablotins kept on knocking on Tajikistan's door. Nill Depauw hit the post with his right-footed drive in the 8th minute, and then the forward saw his powerful shot rattle the crossbar 12 minutes later. Eden Hazard also came close to scoring twice, while Kevin Kis looked dangerous on the left until he was replaced by Jens Dyck on the hour mark.
The Tajiks could do little to turn the game in their favour, and the substitute goalkeeper Farrukh Berdiev was called into action with a series of fine saves in the second half.
Belgium finally took all three points thanks to substitute Christian Benteke, who fired home from close range after collecting a deep right-wing cross from another substitute, Kerem Zevne.