SAINTS midfielder Stuart Armstrong was forced off the pitch during Scotland's 3-0 defeat to Belgium.

Armstrong had to be replaced by Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser in the 32nd minute of his international side's EURO 2020 qualifier defeat.

Scotland were handed a harsh lesson by Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

Steve Clarke's side defended with a mixture of diligence and desperation in this 2020 European Championship qualifier only for all the good work to be undone just before half-time.

The visitors started brightly, though, and had a chance when Armstrong's flick found Oliver Burke in the Red Devils' box.

However, a lapse of concentration at the back led to Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku finding the back of the net.

He was picked out in the box by Real Madrid's latest signing Eden Hazard.

Lukaku was alert in the box again to add Belgium's second goal shortly after the interval.

Hazard, involved again, slotted the ball to Manchester City's Kevin De Bryune whose shot was parried into the path of Lukaku.

The 26-year-old then proceeded to rifle the ball into the back of the net to take the game out of Scotland's reach.

Clarke's side regained their composure and did well to keep the score at 2-0 for the majority of the second half.

Scotland had a good chance to give themselves a fighting chance when Fraser's curling effort drew a decent save from Thibaut Courtois.

However, Roberto Martinez's all-star team, ranked number one in the world, bagged a third with one minute to go.

This time, it was De Bryune with the finish.
The 3-0 victory meant that Belgium have won all four of their Group I fixtures.

Scotland, on the other hand, have it all to do if they are to qualify for their first major tournament since 1998.

Clarke's side are currently sat on six points from a possible 12 and host Russia and Belgium in their next double-header.