Second game of the WE against Germany today for our Red Panthers. And like yesterday, today there were almost 3000 noisy supporters in the stands of Uccle Sport, who wanted to shout their Reds to victory.
The match initially started with predominantly German field dominance, but gradually the Belgians got better at their game, thanks in part to a very sharp Vandermeiren in midfield. In the 10 e minute Belgians forced a first penalty corner and was immediately price! Stephanie Vanden Borre aimed the ball hard into the bottom left corner (1-0). The Belgian ladies kept coming, with a wonderful collective action at the end of the first quarter via Versavel, Raye, again Versavel and Gerniers, who just missed.
The second quarter brought more of the same. Raye pushed hard on the left and gave up to Nelen, but the German goalkeeper was again playing well. A minute later it was still a prize, with Stephanie Vanden Borre aiming an even nicer ‘drag’ in the left hole. Belgium led 2-0. Then followed a real Vandermeiren show, the Antwerp was in all the dangerous actions. First she gave a beautiful pass to Ballenghien, whose shot was again taken off the line by the goalkeeper. And at the end of the first half with a nice action to the back line and a pass to Breyne, who also did not get past the goalkeeper. The Belgians rested with a satisfied feeling and a lot of confidence.
Initially, it was again the Panthers who got the upper hand at the start of the second half, with a number of dangerous attacks via Versavel, Blockmans and Englebert. But in the 10 th minute the German ladies got their first penalty corner and it went straight in via Kurz (2-1). From then on, the Belgians got more difficult and Sotgiu even had to pull out all the stops to keep the lead thanks to a spectacular dive.
In the last quarter, the Belgians forced a series of PCs, but these gave nothing more. On the other hand, a nice save from goalkeeper D’Hooghe was needed on a German PC. And then, one minute before the end, after a brilliant move along the back line of France De Mot, the 3-1 was on the board. The young Racing player aimed the ball from an impossible angle into the empty goal and thus sealed a second victory for the Red Panthers in as many games.
Six out of six, we can speak of a successful weekend!