Denayer, Mertens score in Belgium’s win against Denmark in UEFA Nations League

Denayer, Mertens score in Belgium's win against Denmark in UEFA Nations League

Roberto Martinez’s side was off to a winning start.

Belgium squared off against Denmark in their opening Nations League game.

It took only six minutes for the Belgians to take the lead, with Jason Denayer scoring from a corner kick. The goal marked the first with his national side.

Denmark was intense in the first half and Christian Eriksen had a chance denied by Simon Mignolet.

However, the Belgian goalkeeper tended to be erratic at times as Danish men looked to pounce on his mistakes, but to no avail.

Kasper Dolberg also had a chance to score the equalizer but failed to convert it eventually.

Dries Mertens scored the winning goal in the 76th minute, helping the Belgians secure a 2-0 finish.

The Napoli striker produced a match-winning display as he also set up Denayer’s opening goal. 

Mertens is nine matches shy of reaching his 100th with the national side. The 33-year-old was impressive with Partenopei last season, finding the nets 15 times in all competitions.

Leandro Trossard made his competitive debut with the Belgian national team, coming in as a substitute for Mertens in the 80th minute. The 25-year-old has had a decent debut season in the Premier League with Brighton, racking up 5 goals and three assists.

Belgium were able to impress even without their star players Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.