Belgium vs. Northern Ireland: How Red Devils managed their campaign. The red devils suffered a 2-0 humiliation by the Italians in their opening match and their campaign somewhat derailed their title challenge but they were back on track against a stubborn Northern Ireland. The Latest News about EURO 2016 Participants. It was a tale of two halves where in the first half Belgium was finding it difficult to break down their opponents while having a lion share in the possession but in the second half came impressive with three goals thanks to the brace by the Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. Axel Witsel also got his name on the score sheet as he headed the second goal for the Belgium team.
Belgium vs. Northern Ireland: How Red Devils managed their campaign
EURO 2016 will be Northern Ireland’s First Experience Playing in Euro Final Tournament, Northern Ireland even if they concede three goals tried their best to handle the Belgium threat and somewhat succeed in the first half but then the floodgates were open and Northern Ireland were drowned in it. This win puts Belgium in pole position to qualify for the round of 16 but for the second fiddle below the Italians and Northern Ireland have a must win condition against the Italian team if they want to have chances of qualifying as a best third placed team.
Kevin de Bruyne is the set piece king at the EUROS
Yes, which was indeed the case against Northern Ireland as he produced some brilliant corner deliveries along with the free kicks? Though Gareth bale has scored two goals from the free kick but still the variance of Kevin de Bruyne is a trump card for Belgium team. The trajectories of his corners were pitch perfect and Northern Ireland were clueless what’s Kevin de Bruyne will come up with next time. He completely bossed the game for Belgium and ended the match with one assist which truly marked his quality.
Stubborn Northern Ireland but poor in attack
Well that was the case with the Irish team as they were able to sop the Belgium team with good ease in the first half but what was disappointing his that there attack failed to produce a chance for them in the match. Who Would Attend Euro 2016, Though they have a legitimate call for the penalty that referee completely denied which could have changed the outcome of the game but apart from that I was not impressed by their attack. Belgium was caught on breaks many times but Northern Ireland was not able to capitalize on the single one of them. The attackers were largely passive figure and though they fought much for the ball but were not able to produce something special when the ball was at their feet.
Eden hazard may be coming back to his form
Yes, that will make all the Chelsea fans happy. Eden hazard had a year to forget as he was horribly disappointing for Chelsea last term and same was the case in the opening game against Italians but against the Irish he was somewhat better as he switched the flanks with de Bruyne and had one assist at the end of 90 minutes for Belgium. If Eden Hazard comes back to his basics then Belgium will be force to reckon with at the EUROS.
Lukaku was the player mostly criticized against the Italian team as he missed some chances in wayward style and did the same in the first half of the game but then he finally ignited the fire. Lukaku can be crucial for the red devils this term as he has two players that can provide him with some high quality crosses and if he can guide them into back of the net then every team needs to fear him.
Yeah this was a bit case with the Belgium team as they were mostly attacking but were sometime caught off the break and were saved as Irish team didn’t produced anything special but that can harm them against Sweden who have a sheer number nine in the name of Zlatan that could easily capitalize on such moments.