England’s Premier League has had a big hand in Belgium’s qualification for Brazil 2014, with many of Les Diables Rouges’ leading lights having taken their game to the next level across the Channel.
Tottenham Hotspur began their 2013/14 English Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, while Jose Mourinho marked his return to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager by beating Hull City 2-0.
Tottenham Hotspur finished level at 1-1 with Lyon, but the draw launched the Londoners into the last-16 of the UEFA Europa League, who will be joining Newcastle United in the next round after their 1-0 win over Metalist Kharkiv.
Gareth Bale grabbed two goals to cap a fantastic performance against Newcastle United and seal all three points for his side. Yoann Gouffran earlier scored his first Newcastle goal before going off injured.
Andre Villas-Boas' time in England has been a rocky one, but though the young Tottenham Hotspur coach is finding his feet again he now must face the demons created during his ill-fated spell at Chelsea for the first time.
Manchester City shook off a few second-half worries to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 to keep amongst the leading sides in the fledgling Premier League season, while Norwich City claimed a late draw at White Hart Lane.