Poor defending costs Red Devils dear

Our national football team the Red Devils drew their friendly match against Mexico on Friday evening. The 3-3 final score came about as a result of some defensive blunders by a reshuffled back four made up of Boyata, Ciman, Vermaelen and Meunier. Belgium’s goals came from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku.

With Alderweireld, Kompany and Alderwierld out through injury the Belgian National team Coach Roberto Martinez was forced to improvise. The Mexicans took control early on with the Belgians being all but invisible.

Then Eden Hazard step up a gear and was able to put Lukaku in a good scoring position. However, Big Rom shot straight at the Mexican (and Standard de Liège) keeper Ochoa. However, Hazard was able to score himself on the rebound.

De Bruyne came close to making 2-0. The Mexicans equalised from the penalty spot after Ciman pulled at Hernandez’s shirt inside the box. Guardado did the honours and it was 1-1.

Second half goals a-plenty

Dries Mertens was brought in for Kevin De Bruyne at the start of the second half. He soon showed his worth as he was instrumental in creating Lukaku’s first goal of match.

In the 5 mad minutes that followed Lozano scored twice to put the Mexicans 3-2 up.

Lukaku was given a yellow card for a foul on Alvarez. However, he redeemed himself by scoring the equaliser once again after some good work by Mertens.