Red Flames draw despite being dominant

Belgium’s national women’s football team the Red Flames have drawn the first leg of their play-off match for a place in next year’s Women’s World Cup in France. Coach Ives Serneels started with the same team that had beaten Italy to ensure a place in the play-offs for a World Cup place.

In Friday evening’s games at the Den Dreef Stadium in Leuven (Flemish Brabant) the Red Flames were dominant. The match couldn’t have started better for the Belgians with Cayman putting our women one up after 5 minutes of play.  

The Swiss were dangerous from set pieces, but were unable to get the better of the Belgian keeper Evrard.

The half ended 1-0 to Belgium

In the second half the Red Flames went on the lookout for a second goal. However, the Swiss equalised. The Belgian defence was caught on the hop by a long ball that Lehmann put into the back of the net.  

However, the Belgians weren’t disheartened. De Neve made it 2-1 with a long-range shot from 20 metres.  

Victory seemed to be heading Belgium’s way. However, a second goal by Lehmann that deflected into goal via the crossbar made for a final score of 2-2. The Red Flames will have to give it their all in Tuesday’s return leg in Switzerland.