Strachan hails 'magnificent' Belgium

The national manager feels that his side have never before faced such a high-quality opposition and accepts that they were outmatched in "speed, height and strength"
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan heaped praise upon Belgium after they beat his side 2-0 at Hampden Park on Friday.

The visitors earned victory with goals from Steven Defour and Kevin Mirallas in their World Cup qualifying encounter to edge closer to a place at Brazil 2014.

And Strachan admits that Marc Wilmots's side were simply too good for his team.

"That's the best team we've played since I took over. Belgium were magnificent," he told the press.

"It was like a heavyweight boxer up against a flyweight. They've got speed, height, strength and we don't."

Belgium can now seal their progress by beating Croatia, who sit five points behind them in Group A of the European qualification section following a 1-1 draw against Serbia, when the two face each other on October 11.

Scotland, on the other hand, will use their match against Macedonia on Tuesday to try and lift themselves off the bottom of their pool.