The World Cup was already in, but our last qualifying match in Wales was still useful. The score was 1-1 on a circle court, but it was above all a good test for some of the less experienced Red Devils. De Bruyne scored the goal for Belgium.
With De Ketelaere, Theate, Origi and later also Saelemaekers and Vanzeir, the search has been at times for automation, but this exercise is worth repeating. In fact, there was little at stake during Wales and Belgium. Our country had already received the World Cup ticket and the Welsh were already sure of the jumps. However, Cardiff Stadium served as the backdrop for a beautiful theatre. The stadium, which can accommodate 32,000 people, has been sold.
Divide and conquer
The Witsel-De Bruyne-Vanaken triangle prevailed in midfield, and the Manchester City and Embra player divided, divide and conquer. When the Welsh fans really sat down, De Bruyne thought that was enough. At first he missed a shot on the left, after which he apologized, but on the rebound the midfielder hit the skin with the right.
However, a well-turned reddish midfield wasn’t the main target this evening. The primary goal was to find out how the less experienced demons could behave in this qualified machine. In the attacker was Divock Origi supported by Charles de Kettlery. The defense consisted of the trio Castagne, Boyata, Theate. We can be brief about the deep striker. Origi may be 26 years old and playing for Liverpool, but he has clearly not been feeling well. The striker barely made one good move. Then Benteke did better last Saturday.
The back guard gets a more accurate judgment. Arthur Theatt played a somewhat uncomplicated role in his debut. He fought hard and tried to play football. Unfortunately, Dedric Boyata sometimes let him down. He really stumbled on the ball and at times did not act decisively. For example, Belgium swallowed 1-1. Yes, Tate went wide when Moore scored, but the damage was done when the cross came in. At times like these, Theate needs to learn to be wiser, but he deserves another chance.
The result was that the playing field returned to higher levels again. Wales needed one point to finish second and therefore has a ground advantage in the jumps. Well, De Bruyne sent back Thorgan Hazard who scored a potential world goal at the post, but after the break the Belgians fell back away.
We were going to lose the ball. De Ketelaere also struggled with this from time to time and was replaced. Obviously, these guys are still missing some mechanisms. This became even more apparent when Martinez brought in other unknown names. Dendoncker was allowed to play in defence, Saelemaekers were at the center of the center and Dante Vanzeir was the attacker. They couldn’t get much done. On the contrary, it was goalkeeper Quinn Castells who scored the Welsh winner’s goal from his own net.
Three years later, with matches like this, it is becoming more and more difficult for Belgium to remain number 1 in the FIFA rankings. Last night we almost lost it to Brazil, but the South American country failed to score against Argentina and the match ended 0-0.
We get 21 out of 24 in the World Cup preliminary round and we go to Qatar. In the spring we can continue to train with these less rugged demons. Moreover, if the need is high, there is always Kevin De Bruyne. He has the key. King Kev has participated in 24 goals in his last 19 international matches, and when he spins, the team moves up two tiers.
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