Young Devils face crucial match against Denmark: “Z...


The national promises will play against Denmark on Tuesday evening at 8 pm in Leuven with a view to the European U21 Championship. A crucial match, because only the group winner advances. And just like the Young Devils, who started 9 out of 9, the Danes have won all their matches so far (6 out of 6).

Wim Conings

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“The Danes are a top team at this age level,” said national coach Jacky Mathijssen. “If you look at their results from previous years, you see a lot of green (from won matches, ed.). They have always qualified for the European Championship in the past four editions.” Our national promises only managed to qualify once of those four times. “At the moment, Denmark is the deserved number one in our group. But we are going to try to bring the football we want to see. That has worked well in recent games, although it is a point to do more with the ball possession that we have. The Danes are physically strong and assume a solid organization. We’re going to look for something that hopefully hurts them.”

Ignace Van der Brempt was sent back to Club Brugge with a minor injury, but otherwise Mathijssen can count on a complete squad. Genk goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt is normally available again after being sidelined against Kazakhstan with an ankle injury. In the back, Arthur Theate can get into the squad. The Bologna defender joined the group on Sunday evening after spending last week with the Red Devils in Italy for the Nations League Final Four.

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