A focus match in the UEFA National League semi-final started at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy. Belgium, the world’s No. 1, led 2-0 in the first half and was chased by France for three goals in the second half. Finally, it lost 2-3 and missed the final again, setting a humiliating record of 117 years.
Since 2018, Belgium has been ranked No. 1 in the FIFA world. Without the support of the championship trophy, Belgium’s ranking of No. 1 in the world is somewhat untrue. However, the European red devils, with golden generation stars such as De Brauner, Lukaku and Azar, have been highly expected since the 2016 European Cup, but several competitions have missed the finals.
In this summer’s European Cup, the French team, as the world cup champion, was declared out in the first round of the knockout. Deschamps was facing great pressure, while Belgium went a little further. They were eliminated by the final champion in the top eight.
This is the first time Belgium and France have met since the 2018 Russia World Cup semi-final. Belgium lost 0-1 in the semi-final three years ago. This time, they strive for revenge.
Since the world cup lost 1-0 to France, Belgium has scored goals in 38 consecutive games. There is no need to worry about the offensive vitality of the European Red Devils. The French team with Benzema, mbape and glizman also does not lack offensive weapons. They have scored in 14 consecutive games.
After the opening, Belgium attacked fiercely, and de Brauner made threats one after another. In the 37th minute of the game, Belgium took the lead in scoring. De Brauner divided the ball on the left, and kalasconece hit the near corner successfully.
Three minutes later, Belgium expanded the score and de Brauner assisted. The Manchester City midfielder sent a wonderful straight plug. Lukaku shot the ball from a small angle on the right side of the restricted area.
Belgium entered the halftime with a 2-0 lead. They were only 45 minutes away from reaching the final for the first time in nearly 40 years.
In the second half, the French team reversed its decline through tactical adjustment. In the 62nd minute of the game, mbape sent a cross from the left, and Benzema turned and fell to the ground to shoot the goal in the restricted area. With this goal, Benzema surpassed Zidane with 32 goals and rose to the sixth place in the history shooter list of the French team.
In the 68th minute of the game, the French team quickly equalized the score. Grezman was kicked down by tillermans in the restricted area. The referee awarded a penalty after vaar intervention, and mbape hit the penalty.
Belgium, which was equalized by two goals in a short time, was in a mess, but Lukaku nearly helped Belgium finish the final goal in the 87th minute. Unfortunately, the Chelsea striker’s goal was blown off offside.
Then the French team staged a real victory. In the 90th minute, the French team passed on the right, and the Belgian player didn’t kick far. Teod shot the ball in the restricted area and scored the national team’s first goal.
At the end of the whole game, Belgium’s 2-3 was reversed and missed the final again. Belgium’s golden generation still missed the championship. The 2022 World Cup will become the final song of lucaku, de Brauner and Azar.
At the same time, the 2-3 score also created an embarrassing record in the history of Belgium, which was reversed by the opponent for the first time in Belgium’s 117 year history when it was 2 goals ahead at the end of the first half of the official game.
While France reached the final, they will compete for the championship with Spain, which eliminated the host Italy.