23′ Wullaert 1-0
45′ Wade 1-1
82′ Van Kerkhoven 2-1
86′ Wullaert 3-1
90+2′ Van Kerkhoven 4-1
After the 3-0 defeat against England in their first European Championship practice match, the Red Flames wanted to show what they were capable of in front of their own audience. Still, they had a hard time in the opening phase with Northern Ireland’s fierce duels.
It wasn’t until halfway through the first half that the Belgians surfaced. After two warnings, Tessa Wullaert was able to open the score after a well played play.
The Belgians no longer relinquished the initiative. Great was the surprise when the equalizer fell out of the sky on the stroke of half-time. Wade immediately took a ball on the shoe and left Nicky Evrard without a chance: 1-1.
The Red Flames started the second half with a knife between their teeth, but Northern Ireland refused to fold.
Substitute Elena Dhont, De Caigny and Wullaert piled up the Belgian chances, but the 2-1 did not fall. When Wullaert seemed on the way to a 2nd goal, goalkeeper Burns pulled the emergency brake: red!
A ten-man Northern Ireland was able to stop the Belgian tidal wave until the 80th minute, but then the dam broke. Van Kerkhoven saved the Red Flames with a header.
Tessa Wullaert, with a great shot and her 67th goal for the Flames, and Van Kerkhoven, with a bit of luck, made it a striking victory. With practice matches against Austria (Sunday, June 26) and Luxembourg (Tuesday, June 28), the Red Flames have to get a taste for the European Championship.