BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium showed flashes of its attacking prowess Wednesday, beating Egypt 3-0 in a World Cup warmup with the help of goals from Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard in a dominant first half.
Substitute Marouane Fellaini swept home from close range in injury time to complete the scoring.
Egypt, held goalless for the second time in three matches, showed how much it misses the injured Mohamed Salah.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Vincent Kompany was included in Belgium coach Roberto Martinez's 23-man World Cup squad on Monday despite picking up a groin injury during a friendly over the weekend.
The 32-year-old Manchester City center back, whose career has been blighted by injuries, walked off the field early in the second half of Belgium's 0-0 draw with Portugal on Saturday without waiting to be substituted after hurting his groin when overstretching in a challenge.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Influential Belgium center back Vincent Kompany is to undergo scans to evaluate the extent of a groin injury he picked up Saturday night in a 0-0 draw with Portugal, amid fears he could be ruled out of the World Cup in Russia.
Kompany walked off the pitch without waiting to be substituted early in the second half after he overstretched in a challenge on Gelson Martins.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium left midfielder Radja Nainggolan out of its World Cup squad on Monday despite a standout season with Champions League semifinalist Roma.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has long had a difficult relationship with the stormy midfielder but said he left him out purely for tactical reasons, saying Nainggolan was not the kind of player to take to a long tournament if he was only given a secondary position.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium has extended the contract of coach Roberto Martinez for two years, rewarding the Spaniard for a steady course and encouraging results.
Belgium is tipped to perform strongly at next month's World Cup in Russia since the nation can rely on an unparalleled crop of individual talent which Martinez molded into an efficient group during the qualifying stages, when Belgium won its group with an unbeaten record.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A woman who helped her boyfriend dump his mother's body will not be released on parole.
WOWT reports the Nebraska Parole Board denied parole for Gabriela Guevara. She was sentenced in 2016 to three to seven years in prison for her role in the death.
MOSCOW (AP) — Guide to the teams in Group G at the World Cup:
It's time to deliver for a team that has featured exceptional talent over the past half dozen years but has yet to reach the semifinals of a major tournament.
It is widely acknowledged they have been held back by mediocre management. Now it is up to Roberto Martinez, a Spanish coach, to get the best out of this plethora of stars.
BRUGES, Belgium (AP) — Romelu Lukaku turned into Belgium's savior again and became the nation's all-time top scorer as he headed home for a 1-0 victory over Japan in a friendly on Tuesday.
A game between two teams bound for next year's World Cup was decided in the 72nd minute, when Nacer Chadli weaved through the Japan defense and lobbed the ball into the goalmouth for Lukaku to head it over the goalline.
It was Lukaku's 31st goal for Belgium and he became top scorer at age 24.
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who abused his girlfriend's puppy so badly that it lost a leg will be sentenced to a year in a New York jail.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark says Roberto Martinez pleaded guilty Friday to felony aggravated cruelty.
The mixed-breed dog, renamed Sally, was rescued, underwent amputation and is now in a loving home. A photo from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shows her looking bright-eyed and alert, with her ears pricked up.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says Marouane Fellaini has sustained ligament damage in his left knee and has left the national team to return to Manchester United.
Fellaini was hurt in the first half of Belgium's 4-3 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in a World Cup qualifier in Sarajevo on Saturday.
The injury to Fellaini will be a blow to United, whose midfield is already without Paul Pogba because of a long-term hamstring problem.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Vincent Kompany, the oft-injured leader of Belgium's national soccer team, is back in the squad for upcoming games against the Netherlands and Estonia.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says it will depend on his performance for Manchester City this weekend before making a decision how much time Kompany would see during Wednesday's friendly in Amsterdam and the Nov. 13 World Cup qualifier against Estonia.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Ask people to describe Swansea's style of play and most would detail the free-flowing, possession-based approach that has been the hallmark of teams under managers such as Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup over the last decade.
Some have even dubbed them "Swanselona" over the years, a reference to Swansea's passable imitation of Barcelona's preferred style.
Bob Bradley has to decide if it's time for a change.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium needed only a World Cup-record seven seconds to prove the gap between No. 2 in the FIFA rankings and Gibraltar, which is dead last and bound to stay there after Monday's 6-0 loss.
Christian Benteke stole the ball right after Gibraltar's kickoff, drove forward, fooled the defense with a nifty move and fearlessly drove home with a cross-goal shot.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — All the injuries Belgium were worried about became irrelevant once its World Cup qualifier against Bosnia kicked off on Friday.
Bosnia was beaten 4-0, and Belgium was two-for-two wins in Europe's Group H.
BELGIUM 4, BOSNIA 0
The European Championship quarterfinalist exposed weaknesses in a Bosnian defense that relied on heavy tackles and buckled in the 26th minute when Emir Spahic scored an own goal.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — After a disappointing exit from the European Championship, Belgium began its bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup under new coach Roberto Martinez with a 3-0 victory over Cyprus on Tuesday.
Striker Romelu Lukaku scored a goal in each half as the talent-packed team looked determined to shake off its underachiever tag.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Former France striker Thierry Henry was appointed as an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez on Friday as the talent-packed team seeks to shake off its underachiever tag.
Martinez, announcing his first squad since taking over from Marc Wilmots after Euro 2016, said that Henry, France's all-time top scorer and winner of the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship, is "very keen to join and make sure he can pass on his experience."
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A woman has pleaded no contest to helping her boyfriend dump his mother's body in southeast Omaha in 2015.
The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2baz5Bm ) Gabriela Guevara pleaded no contest Monday to being an accessory. She will be sentenced in October.