This is called starting from the wrong foot. Opposed to the Netherlands on the first day of Group 4 of Ligue A, Belgium suffered a very heavy defeat on their turf this Friday: 1-4. Apathetic and very fragile defensively, Roberto Martinez’s men are aiming for last place and no longer have the right to make mistakes in this League of Nations.
Rightly designated as the favorites of their group, the Belgians took a real football lesson at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, facing overwhelmed and thrilling Dutchmen. Well back in the game, in the image of this beautiful shot on the post of Timothy Castagne (12th), the teammates of the revenant Eden Hazard completely lost the thread after the injury of their star striker Romelu Lukaku (25th).
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Cornered in defense by the incessant waves of Virgil Van Dijk’s partners, the Red Devils cracked for the first time just before half-time on a superb curled shot from young Steven Bergwijn (0-1, 39th). Unable to revolt despite the double entry of Onana and Mertens, the Belgian team conceded a second goal as soon as the locker room returned, with Memphis Depay taking advantage of the locals’ defensive apathy to fool Simon Mignolet a second time. cross shot (0-2, 50th).
Stunned by this second Dutch goal, Belgium then completely let go, Denzel Dumfries aggravating the mark close to the hour of play following a good save by Daley Blind (0-3, 61st). Crucified for the fourth time by this Memphis Depay devil (0-4, 65th), Eden Hazard’s teammates still managed to save the honor with a late but salutary performance from incoming Michy Batshuayi (1 -4, 92e).
Spanked 1-4 on their turf by an attractive team from the Netherlands, Belgium started their League of Nations in the worst possible way. Reduced by the injury of his striker Romelu Lukaku, the selection of the country dish will now have to quickly raise its head to maintain its chances of reaching the final stages.
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