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Roberto Martinez booed by Belgium fans in 2-0 loss to Spain

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Former Everton manager Roberto Martinez has made an underwhelming start to his life on the international circuit with the Spaniard being booed off the pitch by Belgium fans as the Red Devils were easily defeated 2-0 by his home country, Spain.

Manchester City midfielder David Silva was the undisputed man of the match, scoring the opening goal on 34 minutes before dispatching a penalty in the second-half to put the Spanish firmly in control.

Chelsea's reborn talisman Eden Hazard was made captain while the absence of Romelu Lukaku, Martinez's former player, was the only slightly odd choice in the starting lineup - Divock Origi played in his place.

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The Belgians failed to sparkle or show any improvement under the guidance of their new manager, leading the fans, who have had to witness their current golden generation stagnate, to boo the Spaniard.

The Red Devils failed to show any cohesion in a hugely passive performance, one that was eerily similar to the final dark days of the new manager's reign at Everton.

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The video below has all the highlights from the game.Scroll to 4:00 to hear the jeers.

Forty-three-year-old Martinez got the prestigious just three months after being sacked by the Toffees, succeeding Marc Wilmots who quit after the Belgians crashed out of Euro 2016 in the quarter-finals to Wales.

Thierry Henry was recently appointed as the assistant manager of the side, representing a hugely inexperienced duo at the helm of one of Europe's current flagship footballing countries.

Sadly, the pairing could not have got off to a worse start. Belgium were comprehensively outplayed as Spain, who also struggled at Euro 2016, carved through their opponents at will, reminiscent of their more successful days a few years back.

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Martinez will need answers and results quickly if he is to banish the jeers he has already suffered. Speaking to BBC Sport, the Spaniard briefly discussed his current plight:

"You can't expect major change in just three days and this result has no real meaning.

"What I do want to see, though, is passion and pride in wearing the national team jersey."

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A response is of the utmost priority for Belgium and they have a golden chance to do so away to Cyprus in their first 2018 World Cup qualifier before the end of the international break.

The hot conditions may prove a stumbling block but it is glaringly obvious that the wealth of talent in Martinez's ranks need to step up, while the manager himself needs to lead from the front and drag these frustrating stars further up the international food chain.

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Topics:
Thierry Henry
Everton
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Kevin De Bruyne
Eden Hazard

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