The Red Lions needed at least a draw in their 3rd and final group match against Spain. Belgium climbed ahead twice, but Spain equalised twice. The Red Lions stood strong in the end, securing a ticket for the semi-finals.
The Belgians are ambitious ahead of their clash with England, the number 4 on the world rankings. They hope to keep the momentum before their home crowd. "We cruised past England in 4 friendly matches. I am looking forward to doing that again on Friday. We'll go for it 100%", Loïck Luypaert was quoted as saying. Belgium are ranked 9th on the world rankings. The other semi-final sees a shock between Germany and the Netherlands.
The Red Panthers meet Germany tonight for a berth in the final. The women refuse to take the role as underdogs. "We are physically stronger", goalkeeper Aislin D'Hooghe told reporters. The other semi-final is between England and the Netherlands. Ireland meets Spain in a match for 5th place.