Flames shift focus after “painful” defeat: “Obliged to our stand to beat Armenia” | women football

Flames shift focus after “painful” defeat: “Obliged to our stand to beat Armenia” | women football
Flames shift focus after “painful” defeat: “Obliged to our stand to beat Armenia” | women football

The Red Flames have meanwhile arrived safe and sound in Yerevan for the game against Armenia tomorrow evening (6.30 p.m.). There they want to ensure a ticket for the jump-off of the World Cup. Armenia is basically a bite-sized chunk for the Flames, in the first leg the Belgians ate their opponent with skin and hair (19-0).

Still looking forward to how the Flames will show up. The defeat against Norway last Friday is not yet completely digested. “It still hurts,” says national coach Ives Serneels.

Belgium played well and had a lot of chances, but couldn’t capitalize on any attempt. “We sometimes want to do it a little too well around sixteen meters. We have to become more efficient,” says Serneels.

“We have to be sharp against Armenia from minute one. Then you know that normally you should be able to score a few goals here. I also want to see that we keep the focus for ninety minutes. We want to get a good result with a fresh head.”

The heat in Yerevan may be the biggest opponent yet. The temperature is currently 34°C. The Flames tried to get used to the conditions during a first training session on Armenian soil.

“It is quite warm here,” puffs midfielder Justine Vanhaevermaet. “But we’ve been here for two days now, so the heat shouldn’t be an excuse.”

She is also disappointed after the defeat against Norway. “We played a very good game, but we lacked efficiency. Yet we have proven that we can bring something good to the mat against a top country. That gives confidence.”

The match against Armenia will be completely different. Vanhaevermaet also knows that: “I assume that we will get a lot of opportunities tomorrow. We owe it to our stand to take the three points here and preferably score as many as possible.”

The article is in Dutch

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