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Belgium get the better of Germany

Belgium, the dark horses of Group A, beat the 1992 champions Germany in their opening match of the UEFA European Under-16 Championship at New Ferens Park, Durham.

The Belgian team line up before the match in Durham (©Empics)
Too little too late
Maxence Coveliers opened the scoring for Belgium midway through the second half and Wouter Vandendriessche added a second in the 79th minute. Piotr Trochowski pulled one back for Germany in injury time but it was too little too late.

Lively first half
The Germans enjoyed marginally more possession in a lively first half with winger David Odonkor a particular threat. Belgium’s goalkeeper Glenn Verbauwhede was forced into a string of fine saves, including a spectacular one from Erdal Kilicaslan‘s fierce drive midway through the half.

Very hectic
Germany grew stronger as the game progressed with Belgium relying mainly on long balls out of defence, but the second half was played at a very hectic pace with both teams immediately looking to attack when in possession and the Belgians growing in confidence.

Defensive error
They were rewarded in the 66th minute when Coveliers skipped past two tackles to score with a low shot. Thirteen minutes later Vandendriessche took advantage of a defensive error to round the René Adler in the German goal and add Belgium’s second.

Tense finale
The skilful Trochowski then provided a tense finale by scoring with a crisp shot into the corner, giving the excellent Verbauwhede no chance.

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