Ireland - Belgium 2-4 x3|
March 11, 2005
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Dublin March 9 2005
Youth and determination
The Belgian National Team has put in an excellent performance in winning 4-2 against Ireland. It was the second match between the two sides. During the entire game, the players remained very concentrated and focused on the objectives that were set by the coach, Giles Bonnet. The players proved with their positive attitude and good team spirit that they do not take these friendly games lightly. The senior players led by example and the junior players showed that they have enough quality to be on the pitch. In goals, Quentin Walravens (20 years) put in a strong performance for only his second international game. John-John Dohmen (17 years) who played as a left back had a very good game, especially in his positioning and passing. On the left side Jérôme Truyens - who played a game with his club, Racing, the day before - showed yet again his offensive qualities without ignoring the defensive play.
Offensively, Belgium created a lot of goal scoring opportunities and Zoulou Brulé (voted Man of the Match) was extremely lethal on the p.c. (2 from 4). In defence, the team remained very organised and only conceded two goals on p.c. (2 from 5). The team is determined to show the same form in Alexandria, during the Champions Challenge.
Thanks to an excellent physical preparation the Belgian team managed to play the entire game with only 10 players as 4 players missed the plane to Dublin due to serious traffic jams.
10e mn : Loïc Vandeweghe (0-1 FG)
21e mn : Jean-Philippe Brulé (0-2 SC)
26e mn : Stephen Butler (1-2 SC)
38e mn : Stephen Butler (2-2 SC)
54e mn : Jérôme Truyens (2-3 SC)
62e mn : Jean-Philippe Brulé (2-4 SC)
Belgian National Team
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