The Red Devils have won their penultimate game in the Nations League group against Wales. They looked set to be on their way to a smooth win after De Bruyne helped them 2-0 with a goal and assist, but Wales reacted in the second half. Getting a group win against the Netherlands on Sunday will be very difficult.
Kevin De Bruyne knows he has a long and tough season ahead of him. It would not surprise us that the director of the Red Devils had said in the dressing room: ‘Men, we are going to try to get that done quickly and then put the handbrake on.”
The first half of KDB was fine again. After ten minutes he scored himself and ten minutes before half time he offered Batshuayi the 2-0 on a silver platter. He also forced three great chances himself and Hazard also wanted to serve a goal, but his shot was stopped. Wales barely got involved.
Debast was on the right in the defense and was anything but out of place. Guts! Jersey number 4 – Kompany you know – must have been no coincidence. The ball went smoothly from foot to foot. A patient build-up, technical feats and depth when needed. Wales stood by and watched. Until they were able to pump a ball high into the sixteen and Moore could trump Debast with a striking header. Too heavy and too big for the 18 year old.
However, the Welshmen seemed to have gained wings. The defense was sharpened and the counterattacks went more fiercely and with more confidence towards Courtois. The goalkeeper had a lot more work in the second half than in the first. And the Belgians themselves had a hard time creating chances. A penalty kick on De Bruyne was canceled after the intervention of the VAR. Roberto Martinez even got a red card for foul play in the final phase when he threw the ball away for a throw-in.
Since the Netherlands won 2-0 against Poland, Belgium faces a very difficult – almost impossible – task to beat the northern neighbors in the ArenA on Sunday by three goals. Then they will have to excel like never before…