June 1, 2022 Sports Review
When Belgium and the Netherlands meet in Brussels on Friday night, both teams will be looking to get off to a good start in the UEFA Nations League.
Both teams have been drawn in League A Group 4 alongside Poland and Wales, and will play four times in the league over the following few weeks.
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In the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League, Belgium won League A Group 2 to advance to the semi-finals, where they lost 3-2 to France before losing 2-1 to Italy in the third-place playoff.
In the group stage, Roberto Martinez’s team will face the Netherlands, Poland, and Wales, and it would not be surprising to see them reach the competition’s semi-finals once more.
Belgium will play the Netherlands, Poland twice, and Wales in the coming weeks, but they will already be looking ahead to the 2022 World Cup, with group stage matches against Canada, Morocco, and Croatia.
The Red Devils finished third at the 2018 World Cup, winning England in the third-place playoff four days later after losing to France in the semi-finals.
Belgium, on the other hand, failed to create a mark at last summer’s European Championship, losing in the quarter-finals to eventual victors Italy.
After finishing second in the 2010 World Cup and third in 2014, the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament, losing three of their ten qualification matches.
Holland, on the other hand, will be in Qatar, having placed first in Group G with 23 points from ten matches during a great season, and it will be interesting to see how they fare at the 2022 tournament.
Netherlands finished second behind Italy in League A Group 1 of the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League, with the European champions progressing to the competition’s semi-finals.
Last November, Louis van Gaal’s side won 2-0 against Norway in their World Cup qualifying campaign. In March, they played two friendly against Denmark and Germany, beating the former 4-2 and drawing 1-1 with the latter three days later.
The Netherlands and Belgium have drawn 1-1 in their last two friendly matches, although they have not met in a competitive encounter since the 1998 World Cup, when they drew 0-0 in the group stage.
We may see them splitting the points on Friday night. Belgium has the more quality, particularly in the attacking areas, but the Netherlands will be strong at the back, and we expect a stalemate.