When Belgium’s world cup win finally comes around
Posted On August 8, 2021
By KEN LEE-HARTON Source News24Published: 04:23PM, November 24, 2019Share this article Share When Belgium won the Women’s World Cup on Friday night in Belgrade, the moment they finally felt like they were finally getting to play their football again, there was a sense of euphoria in the stands.
With only five matches remaining, the Belgians were still in danger of missing out on the semi-finals, but they now have an extra opportunity to make history by taking home a place at next year’s World Football Confederation (WFCC) World Cup in Russia.
“We know it’s a big game for us but we are not too concerned,” Belgium manager Rieko Ioannou said.
“It’s the start of a big year for us, a big stage for us and we want to get as many points as possible.”
In the final game of the first half, Belgium had a goal down thanks to a penalty, but Italy’s Fabrizio Sarri equalised with a free-kick.
It was a dramatic end to a match that saw both sides score four goals in a quarter-hour.
Italy went down to eight men after goalkeeper Marco Carducci was sent off in the 66th minute, but the game was eventually won by the hosts with two goals from the Italian defenders.
“I think that’s what we need in the end,” Italy’s coach Alessandro Del Piero said.
It was a good win for us.””
We need to keep the pressure on.
It was a good win for us.”
Belgium have won six of their last seven matches and sit in fourth place in Group C after losing to the Netherlands in the final.
However, they will be looking to bounce back with a tough Group D match against Germany on Saturday in Brussels.
Germany have the upper hand in Group D after a 3-0 win against Denmark in the group stage, while Belgium have won five of their eight games.
Germany are unbeaten in their last six matches and have been without defender Marco Schällibaum for four games.
“You are very happy with the result today, but you still have to think about our next game against Italy,” Italy coach Antonio Conte said.
Italy are still without injured defender Simone Zaza, while the only goal of the match came from midfielder Alessandro Florenzi.
Belgia are looking to add to their unbeaten run when they travel to Belgium on Sunday, with a possible win at home to the home side likely to see them in the semi finals.