The Imps of Jacky Mathijssen passed their test with flying colors against Denmark (1-0). With a fourth victory in four matches in Group I, the Belgians continue their clear round on the road to Euro U21 which will take place in 2023.
This clash between the two undefeated teams of Group I is revealing for the Belgian Hopes. Their ambitions are also magnified. After three games and three rather easy victories, the Imps pass a test against the other candidate for first place. The Danes highlight the weaknesses of our back line. If the first shot on target – a free kick from shave (12th) – is Belgian, the defense is looking for itself. The staff intervenes every half hour to try to bring order. Kana out of the axial trio to move up a notch and stabilize the midfield. But the effect of this tactical change is long overdue.
The Danes are urgent. Moment chosen by the Diablotins to express their realism. Openda and Theate combine in the opposing rectangle following a corner, the sense of the goal of the speed player does the rest. Belgium is ahead (1-0, 38th). As if by magic, everything is simpler. Openda runs into Jørgensen (42e).
Solidarity in the most delicate moments, the young Belgians have a better command of their subject in the second period. Openda is still so restless. A Warming header gave Belgian fans a few cold sweats in the final minutes. But the score no longer changes. The Belgian four in a row is confirmed and that is the essential point.
Mathijssen’s troops will resume their qualifying quest in a month’s time with a double clash against Turkey (12/11) and Scotland (16/11).