Preparing the qualifying campaign for the 2023 World Cup (the launch of which is scheduled for September), the Red Flames are making a series of friendly against big opponents, such as Spain.
This Thursday evening, in Spain, Ives Serneels’ troops were beaten 3-0 but nevertheless resisted well with a group which, however, saw the Roja dominate the possession of the ball and the meeting.
However, it took a flash of genius to deceive for the first time Evrard (who had not been in Belgian goals since the defeat in Switzerland in September 2020) and a penalty (after a questionable hand from Cayman in the rectangle) to really materialize the Spanish domination.
If Eurlings often felt alone at the head of the attack in a 4-2-3-1 against the local 4-3-3, the defense showed good things for its part. However, with Philtjens and Deloose, the titular backs, absent, Iliano and Vangheluwe led their boat well alongside the central pair that has become traditional (Tysiak-De Neve) even if the marking on the 3-0 of an untenable Bonmati was to point the finger.
We will note the first course of Mertens, Brackman and Janssens at the very end of the meeting, completing the Spanish internship.
The Flames will face Luxembourg on Saturday in another friendly match in Wiltz. With ten new players coming to join the group, we can expect to see team C evolve against an opponent above 100th place in the world.
- Spain: Gallardo; Leon, Paredes (76th Andres), Pereira (60th Battle), Gujarro, Putellas, Caldentey (76th Ivana), Bonmati, Carmona, Cardona (82nd Sarriegi), Gonzales (60th Round).
- Belgium : Evrard ; Vangheluwe, Tysiak, De Neve (77th Van Wynsberghe), Iliano (89th Brackman) ; Onzia (89th Janssens), Delacauw, Cayman, Minnaert (77th Vanmechelen), Vande Velde (89th Mertens), Eurlings.
- Arbitre : Me. Shukrula.
- Warnings: Carmona.
- Goals: 43rd Caldentey (1-0), 49th on pen. Putellas (2-0), 75th Bonmati (3-0).