Belgium offers a prestigious victory against Germany


Already qualified for Euro 2024 as host country, Germany received Belgium in Cologne for a friendly match which had only the name, between two teams in full reconstruction after a World Cup in Qatar which ended ended with a certain taste of unfinished business. For their first match of this international break, the two teams got the job done with a victory against Peru for the Mannschaft (2-0) and against Sweden for the Red Devils (3-0), before meeting again on Tuesday. evening in a full stadium in Cologne.

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Belgium immediately went on the attack and Yannick Carrasco opened the scoring with a fine shot under the bar after beating Marius Wolf (6th, 1-0). Very inspired, Kevin De Bruyne took the ball then found Romelu Lukaku in the interval, who could adjust Marc-André Ter Stegen (9th, 2-0). After this cannon start, the Belgians continued to dominate the meeting but no longer found the fault. The strike from Dodi Lukebakio, who left alone against a German corner, flirted with the frame (19th) and Romelu Lukaku propelled an overpowered header on the crossbar of the Mannschaft goalkeeper (21st).

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Waking up too late for Germany

After letting the storm pass, Hans-Dieter Flick’s players took the opportunity to return to this meeting thanks to their providential striker Niclas Füllkrug. The German striker obtained and converted a penalty just before the break (44th, 2-1). Back from the locker room, the Germans continued to press to equalize. Serge Gnabry first just missed the target (53rd) then, a few minutes later, Timo Werner came to deceive the Belgian goalkeeper before being penalized for an offside position (59th). Despite this alert, the Belgians continued to defend lower and lower in their part of the field.

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But the magic was in Belgium’s camp on Tuesday evening and especially in Kevin De Bruyne’s shoe. Involved in the first two achievements of his team, the captain of the Red Devils came to knock out the German revolt with his left paw (78th, 3-1). Against his usual Germany did not resign and Serge Gnabry offered himself a festival in the opposing area but he was not rewarded, his shot going to hit the opposite post (84th). The Bayern Munich player continued his momentum and found, despite this twist of fate, the resources to come and reduce the gap again (87th, 3-2). A too late awakening for the Mannschaft which does not reassure. Belgium, for its part, will have made a very interesting start with Domenico Tedesco on its bench. And it offers itself a first victory over its German neighbor since… 1954!

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