Belgium finally made their mark in Euro 2016
Belgium finally made their mark in Euro 2016 with a 3-0 win over Republic of Ireland. Belgium the world no.2 in FIFA ranking and Europe no.1, were simply outplayed by Italy in their opening game.Romelu Lukaku scored his brace and Axel Witsel headed to make it 3-0
Belgium finally made their mark in Euro 2016 with a 3-0 win over Republic of Ireland. Belgium the world no.2 in FIFA ranking and Europe no.1, were simply outplayed by Italy in their opening game. They really needed a big win to prove their worth as a favorite to win Uefa European championship 2016. There were doubts all around after their performance against Italy. They didn’t clicked as a team and were not sharp enough to trouble the legendary Italian back four.
Against Republic of Ireland, they sensed the opportunity and they capitalize on it. Belgium had all the possession in the match, although they didn’t scored in the first half. But, they came strong in second half and scored three goals to win the match and got the three important points to stood 2nd in the Group E.
Romelu Lukaku scored his brace and Axel Witsel headed to make it 3-0 . Eden Hazard made his presence felt with his solo run from Belgium half and providing the pass in Republic of Ireland box only Romelu to score a simple tap in.
Group E has so far called the group of death, but group didn’t show the reputation they hold. Italy not so fancied these days rise on occasion and leads the group. Belgium the fancy side didn’t find their root in opening fixture. Sweden didn’t look like a team to challenge Italy and Belgium, don’t even Republic of Ireland. But, the group is still open for anyone, only Italy has qualified so far. Belgium occupied the 2nd place with three points, Sweden at 3rd with 1 point and Republic of Ireland at 4th place with 1 point as well.
Belgium did the job demanded from them, next they will be up against Zlatan’s show. Belgium will play Sweden in their next fixture and both of them need a win to reach to the knockout stage. Republic of Ireland is still in hunt as well for their place but they will be playing their last group match against Italy so we couldn’t fancy their chances but anything can happen in football.Will Belgium show consistency and made their mark felt throughout the tournament and take home Euro 2016, it’s a concern but they surely going to make it to the knockout rounds.