Belgium will take winning form into their decisive final Nations League fixture after Michy Batshuayi scored twice to see off a stubborn Iceland 2-0 in Brussels.
While the result has little bearing on either country's finishing position, Roberto Martinez will be relieved to have avoided a second successive draw heading into the crunch clash with Switzerland, that will determine which team advances from Group 2 in League A.
Belgium already needed only a draw from that match but will still boast the mental edge of being three points clear courtesy of Batshuayi's brace.
The 25-year-old had to wait until after the hour for Eden Hazard's genius pass to help him break the deadlock before he feasted on a kind rebound to put the match to bed in Axel Witsel's 100th international appearance.
Romelu Lukaku's hamstring injury created a starting opportunity for Batshuayi, who struggled to find his range in the opening 20 minutes.
The Valencia striker, out of form at club level, first skied an intelligent low cross from Dries Mertens and guided his next chance against the outside of the near post after turning Kari Arnason.
Mertens brought an initially uneventful second half to life by testing the upright with a clever free-kick, but it Hazard always appeared most likely to make the difference.
The star playmaker conjured the killer pass to prise open Iceland in the 65th minute, bisecting the back five with a superb ball that Thomas Meunier squared for Batshuayi to tap home.
Thibaut Courtois was finally worked with 15 minutes remaining and passed the test, keeping out Albert Gudmundsson's meek finish.
That allowed Batshuayi to add the icing in the 81st minute, his second a simple follow-up following Hannes Halldorsson's fumble of substitute Hans Vanaken's shot.
What does it mean? Swiss can still get the chocolates
That an Iceland side enduring a miserable winless run managed to keep their more fancied opponents scoreless for over an hour should provide hope to Switzerland of doing likewise, even accounting for their troubling recent loss to Qatar.
The challenge for Vladimir Petkovic's team will be to ally attacking incisiveness to defensive discipline given they must score at least twice.
Hazard the headline act
Given freedom to roam, Hazard picked up the slack in Kevin De Bruyne's absence as he did almost all of Belgium's probing in the compact space between Iceland's defence and midfield, eventually delivering the splendid pass that broke the game open.
Arnason at sea
He was at times tasked with too much considering there were two central defenders either side, but Genclerbirligi man Arnason had a tough time coming to grips with Batshuayi, often engaging when he could have dropped off.
The Red Devils round out the group stage away to Switzerland on Sunday, while Iceland remain in Belgium for a friendly meeting with Qatar on Monday.
19 de febrero 2019
|Wenger was convinced Ramsey would stay at Arsenal|
|Halep too strong for Bouchard in Dubai|
|Italy captain Parisse to miss Ireland match|
|Philander to miss second Sri Lanka Test with hamstring injury|
|Jesus and Stones absent from Manchester City training|
|Lukaku ready to be versatile for Solskjaer´s Manchester United|
|Dropping Parra & Lopez a sporting decision, insists Brunel|
|24 all out! Oman make unwanted history against Scotland|
|Dybala: Allegri has helped me develop|
|Russell ruled out of France clash|
|Hazard should leave Chelsea for Real Madrid ´to become stronger´|
|RFEF president Rubiales plans Supercopa de Espana revamp|
|Henshaw extends with Ireland and Leinster through to 2022|
|100 days to go: Cricket World Cup takes over Trafalgar Square|
|Bonucci rejected Real Madrid for Juventus return|
|Semenya releases her own list of experts in response to IAAF|
|Ozil might be in Arsenal comfort zone, says Wenger|
|France change half-back pairing for Scotland clash|
|Joshua is going to crack like an egg, predicts Miller|
|Klopp: Critics of powerful Bayern Munich look silly|
|Barcelona planning for post-Messi future - Bartomeu|
|Atletico Madrid v Juventus: 22 goals, three hat-tricks - Ronaldo´s remarkable record against Atleti|
|Schalke v Manchester City: ´Special kid´ Leroy Sane heads back home|
|Lewandowski chasing record, Suarez out to end away rut - Champions League in Opta numbers|
|Mata: Pogba showed why he´s one of the best|
|Murray: Playing for Cardinals? That would be nice|
|Favre not worried despite Dortmund´s five-game winless run|
|Pro Piacenza expelled from Serie C after 20-0 humiliation|
|Beal tried recruiting players to Wizards during All-Star break|
|Kyrgios edges ´good mate´ Millman at Delray Beach Open|
|Messi is the only genius in football, says Capello|
|No chance of Icardi moving to Juve – Inter president|
|Nani joins MLS side Orlando|
|´He´s unreal´ – Warriors´ Curry praises Duke star Zion|
|Iguodala replaces LeBron as VP of NBPA|
|Lakers coach Walton: LeBron and I get along just fine|
|Pogba´s one of the best midfielders in the world – Solskjaer|
|Liverpool wanted Sancho but Man City wouldn´t sell to us, claims Klopp|
|Solskjaer hails ´massive´ result against Chelsea after PSG loss|
|Two-time Open 13 champion Simon avoids upset against Hoang|
|Sarri worried by results, not fans´ jeers|
|Mickelson, Tiger learn WGC-Mexico Championship groupings|
18 de febrero 2019
|Serena aiming to surpass Court´s major record this year - Mouratoglou|
|Solskjaer trusts us, we trust him – Pogba|
|Vettel revels in ´unbelievable´ start to F1 testing, Williams woe continues|
|Man United visit Wolves in FA Cup last eight, Swansea to host Man City|
|Giants manager Bruce Bochy to retire after 2019 season|
|Nurnberg 0 Borussia Dortmund 0: Stalemate leaves Bayern within striking distance|
|Chelsea 0 Manchester United 2: Solskjaer´s men bounce back to reach FA Cup quarter-finals|
|Wozniacki explains ongoing struggle with viral illness after Dubai withdrawal|
|Petkovic drops just one game against Bogdan in Budapest|
|Barcelona have learned from Roma humiliation - Valverde|
|Djokovic and Biles take top Laureus honours|
|Leeds United fined £200,000 by EFL following spying controversy|
|Tiger Woods wins Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award|
|Gundogan marvels at Man City team-mate David Silva|
|Djokovic can match Nadal and Federer in major honours - Becker|
|Ribery doubtful for Liverpool trip after daughter´s birth|
|Webb outlines commitment to Toulon after president´s outburst|
|Griezmann: Champions League home final gives us extra motivation|
|Salihamidzic and Bayern not daunted by ´special´ Anfield atmosphere|
|Serena returns to WTA top 10 for first time as a mother|
|Saunders to fight Isufi for vacant WBO super-middleweight belt|
|West Ham reveal plans to improve London Stadium atmosphere|
|Wasps sign Minozzi and announce it with ´Super Mario´ mash-up|
|Unwell Wozniacki pulls out of Dubai Tennis Championship|
|Dananjaya returns to Sri Lanka squad for South Africa ODIs|
|Henderson targets Premier League and Champions League double|
|Hogg ruled out as Townsend adds six to Scotland squad|
|Cancellara backs Cavendish to claim more stage wins|