Wales – Belgium: 1-1
Outclassed by the Netherlands (4-1), flamboyant against Poland (6-1), Belgium this time showed a double face during a single and same meeting this Saturday evening against Wales and conceded the draw in Cardiff (1-1). Faced with their pet peeve, which they had not beaten in their last five duels, the Red Devils have regularly proved to be too inconsistent, imprecise and lacking in creativity.
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This did not prevent them from opening the scoring when they managed to chain the possession phases through Youri Tielemans with an unstoppable strike from the right (51st). A start after returning from the locker room, after a moribund first act, which lasted too little time to take shelter in this part where the Hazard brothers were on the bench and the central defense redesigned with Dedryck Boyata and Arthur Theale tenured.
Opposite the Welsh have bet on the speed of their attackers to put the Belgian rearguard in difficulty. By Daniel James, often, then by the various replacements. Rightly deprived of a goal from Ampadu by the VAR (13th), Rob Page’s men did not give up after the opener and took advantage of a roulette wheel as sublime as it was improbable. Aaron Ramsey, who came into play, to equalize at the end of the game through the young winger (21) of Nottingham Forrest Brendan Johnson (87th).
After three days, Roberto Martinez’s men miss a great opportunity to get closer to the Netherlands and remain second, three points behind the Batavians.
Kevin De Bruyne (Wales – Belgium)
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Netherlands – Poland: 2-2
The evening was exciting in Rotterdam, but it did not smile on the Oranjes. At the end of a meeting rich in twists and turns, the Netherlands of Memphis Depay and Poland shared the points on Dutch soil (2-2).
While we expected to see the Dutch reign supreme in Rotterdam, the cold shower first fell on the De Kuip stadium. On the first Polish shot of the match, Matty Cash, the defender of Aston Villa, opened the scoring with a skillfully crossed shot from the right, unstoppable for goalkeeper Mark Flekken (0-1, 18th). On the second shot of the visitors’ match, returning from the locker room, Piotr Zielinski widened the gap after a counter flash led by Lensois Przemysław Frankowski (0-2, 49th).
If Davy Klaassen (1-2, 51st) and Denzel Dumfries (2-2, 54th) revived the ship in a few minutes, the Dutch struggled to find the solution. Even the 66% ball possession didn’t lead to more efficiency. In front of a devilishly effective Polish double lock and supported by Polish supporters who were heard throughout the game, it took a point-blank shot from Memphis Depay repelled by goalkeeper Łukasz Skorupski and above all deflected from the hand by Cash (88th) to offer a winning opportunity to the Dutch.
Without success for the FC Barcelona striker and former Olympique Lyonnais, who saw his penalty crash into the Polish right post (90th + 1). The Netherlands remain at the top of Group 4 of League A with 3 points ahead of Belgium before facing Wales on Tuesday evening.
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