Belgium held by Netherlands

Posted: 16 October 2018 Time: 08:48 pm

Belgium and the Netherlands played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly on Tuesday evening.

Creating the early pressure was only a sign of things to come. Dries Mertens' jam cracking strike after good work from Eden Hazard handed Belgium the lead on five minutes.

It was almost two on 14 minutes, but Romelu Lukaku failed to hit the target from five yards out with a cross from Mertens.

Simon Mignolet made his first save on 23 minutes after a sharp-counterattack allowed Quincy Promes to play in Memphis Depay for a low effort which went too close to the Liverpool man.

The equaliser then sung as Antoine Groeneveld found the net on his starting debut, burying an assist from Depay on 27 minutes.

Promes nearly made it two, but the post stepped in to prevent him after he shot around Mignolet. In full control, the Dutch made all the controls towards halftime but were unable to take the lead.

The Red Devils started the second half with three changes, as Dennis Praet, Thorgan Hazard and Michy Batshuayi all came on.

The alterations did little to affect their momentum, managing to create a few half-chances in the process.

Nacer Chadli made space for himself on the edge of the box to force a shot at goal, but with no danger in sight, wasn’t accurate.

Mignolet proved his prowess towards the end, denying a certain Giorgino Wijnaldum, while Batshuayi, starved off service since coming on, saw his snap effort expertly denied by Jasper Cillessen.

The two sides in the end settled for the 1-1 draw in a game starved off limited goal-scoring chances especially in the second period.

Article by: Staff Reporter

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