October 7, 2022

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Openda and Raskin lead Young Devils to 18 out of 18 in European Championship preliminary round |  Red Devils

Openda and Raskin lead Young Devils to 18 out of 18 in European Championship preliminary round | Red Devils



The Belgian under-21 team continues to wave an impeccable report in its search for a ticket to European Championship 2023. Breaking the spell against Scotland from the spot, Raskin doubled the bonus after the break. Little Devils are already sure that they will at least play jump matches.


40′ Opens 0-1 (penalty kick)

87′ Raskin 0-2

Fifth straight clean sheet, almost European Championship ticket

Mathematically, it has not yet been possible for the Young Devils to qualify for the 2023 European Championship.

Openda was all around a disaster for the Scottish defense in the first half. In the fifteen minutes he looked like he put Wirtzen on his way to the opening goal, but the PSV Eindhoven striker blasted high above the goal.

When the same Vertisen fell in the first half, the referee put the ball in place. Openda did not miss its sixth goal in this playoff.

After the break, things did not go smoothly with the Belgians for long. Only Raskin provided offensive motives and rewarded himself with a goal. Thanks to his standard companion Squet.

18 out of 18 and fifth consecutive clean sheets for the Belgian under 23. In March, Jacky Mathijssen’s men can win their ticket in a head-to-head duel with Denmark, the number 2 holder in the group.

Watch the penalty phase and Openda’s goal

Watch 0-2 by Raskin

Head coach: “We are proud of this wonderful year”

National team coach Jacqui Matessen replied: “We haven’t qualified yet, but with 18 out of 18, of course we couldn’t do better.”

“We also wanted to get a clean sheet again and we succeeded. The group and our staff can be very proud of this wonderful year.”

“Tonight we missed some chances at first, because the Scottish goalkeeper kept them in the game. But in the end we managed to secure the victory and finish the match.”

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