Group F in this World Cup qualifier is an entertaining game – and that goes for more groups in Europe. You won the previous two games 7-0, and the next time you lose 4-0.
Without detracting from the great victories over Albania and Kosovo – this was a task, and it was executed perfectly – but the red torch could, of course, learn more from the defeat in Norway.
For example, they cannot yet put their feet next to a higher state. How is that? Of course there is experience and prestige with the opponent. Norway started with 4 players of the highest English class, managed to add the Barcelona duo to this and founded it with a trio playing together in the Norwegian Sandviken team.
Special mention to Caroline Graham Hansen, for an excellent match of CGH. Tessa Woolaert’s former teammate at Wolfsburg has struggled with injuries in the past, but has grown to the top of her abilities at Barcelona. Remarkably, the 26-year-old striker is not among the 20 Ballon d’Or nominees.
That single layer sure made a difference, but the topical things weren’t always so good with the flame. In 1-0 Bergsvand was allowed to head easily – Vangheluwe wasn’t close enough, but there was also plenty of space on the first post. And with the ball losing that started 2-0, the midfield was very biased.
National coach Yves Cernells returns with some homework. Especially when the ball is lost, chaos creeps into the team very easily, and it’s a problem that still persists.
I heard in the post-match reactions: “We have to learn from this and grow as a team.” It’s a cliché, but it can be used by flames. For core players Tysiak, Vangheluwe and Teulings, this was their first match against a country of this caliber.
The flame showed off some nice things in the acquisition. The first 15 minutes after the break were good and should have capped a 2-1 lead by De Kinney, but that header got stranded on the post.
If Belgium can maintain that level for a full match and eliminate positioning errors, it will do well against Poland (without Ewa Bajor) in Leuven next month. Armenia will follow first: again 7-0 would be possible, but worthless if Poland doesn’t win after that. Because Poland is now facing fire. The second only gets an interval ticket.
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