Belgium 6-1 Poland
Goals: Witsel (42e), De Bruyne (59e), Trossard (73e80e), Dendoncker (84e) and Openda (90e+3) for the Red Devils // Lewandowski (28e) for Biały Orły
The slap was well digested.
Martyred on their land by the Netherlands (1-4) five days ago, Belgium had to react without delay. A mission accomplished brilliantly this Wednesday, beating Poland (6-1). Aligned in their usual 3-4-3, Roberto Martínez’s proteges took advantage of an open and rhythmic start to the match to quickly show themselves threatening, like a Michy Batshuayi often found by Kevin De Bruyne. The Poles then tightened the bolts behind and used the ball better and better in the opposing court. Until sending it to the bottom of the nets. Cleverly served by Sebastian Szymański, Robert Lewandowski played Simon Mignolet by succeeding in a control-strike sequence from outside the left far from obvious (0-1, 28e).
However, the Belgians did not really have time to doubt, since Axel Witsel equalized shortly before half-time with a powerful strike from the right (1-1, 42e). As lively as the first, the second act clearly tipped in favor of the hosts, who besieged Bartłomiej Drągowski’s goal. The bearded Fiorentina goalkeeper, on the other hand, was unable to do anything a few minutes later against Kevin De Bruyne, who coolly converted a fine offer from Eden Hazard (2-1, 59e). The Madrilenian came out to applause in stride. His replacement, Leandro Trossard, distinguished himself by adding to the bill closely (3-1, 73e)then sending a curling strike into the skylight (4-1, 80e). And as if that weren’t enough, Leander Dendoncker sent a mine from the right into the opposite side netting (5-1, 84e)and Loïs Openda concluded the festival in added time (6-1, 90e+3). Don’t throw any more!
Lewandowski is currently looking to find a new club. The performance of his team in Brussels is also likely to make him want to change selection.
Belgium (3-4-3): Mignolet – Dendoncker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen – Castagne (T. Hazard, 85e), Tielemans, Witsel (Faes, 85e), Ferreira Carrasco – De Bruyne (De Ketelaere, 75e), Batshuayi (Openda, 85e), E. Hazard (Trossard, 66e). Coach: Roberto Martinez.
Poland (4-2-3-1): Drągowski – Gumny, Glik, Bednarek, Puchacz (Bereszyński, 46e) – Żurkowski, Krychowiak (D. Szymański, 46e) – Kamiński (Zalewski, 81e), Zieliński, S. Szymański (Cash, 66e) – Lewandowski (Buksa, 69e). Coach: Czeslaw Michniewicz.