Faced with a Greece team already assured of its qualification for the next round of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup, Belgium sank for its fifth game of the campaign, losing 42-24.
From the outset, the Greeks had got their hands on the match against a weakened Belgian team and deprived of all its experienced (Serge Spooren, Kedziora, De Beule, Robyns, Vancosen …) even if it recovered Yannick Glorieux for the occasion , who stood out with his five goals finishing best Belgian gunner at the end of the evening.
Faced with a huge defense and keepers in good shape, Belgium sorely lacked experience starting timidly. If it recovered by reducing the gap a little in the first period, the Belgian team never had a say in the matter. Precipitation, lack of success, bad choice … errors and lack of automatism did not allow the Red Wolves to compete a little.
Even on the power play playing without a goalie, as Wolves had done brilliantly in the past, the attacks did not come off as much as hoped. However, the Belgians were able to count on a good Vanhove behind who still stopped seven attempts. It was not enough, however.
Despite the defeat, Belgium still remains in contention for second qualifying place given Turkey’s defeat in Kosovo but on Saturday only victory against Kosovo will qualify the Red Wolves if at the same time Turkey loses in Greece.
Belgium: Siraut 5 ‘, Vanhove 55’. Glorieux 5, Heeren 3, Gillé 3, Delpire 3, Brixhe 2, Serras 2, Braun 2, D’Hanis 2, Kotters 1, R. Spporen 1, Kostic, Marchal, De Cubber, Massat.