South Korea 0-1 Belgium: The paper review!
Another Belgian group game in this World Cup and another narrow victory takes Marc Wilmots’ men through with a 100% record. Here’s how the country’s papers looked back on this historic achievement.
La DH is typical of the papers today who look ahead to the second round with their headline “It’s America! 9 points out of 9 for the Devils.
Het Nieuwsblad leads with “Deadly efficient again” as Belgium ground out another narrow win thanks to its acting skipper Jan Vertonghen, who called it an “indescribable feeling” to captain his side in the World Cup and score the winner.
L’Avenir leads with “And a third victory!” saying that once again Belgium won without ever hitting the heights in a match that saw them booed by the Brazilian fans in the stands. They think that the United States are a solid team without a superstar who can be beaten if les Diables Rouges raise their performance levels on Tuesday.
We will return to De Standaard a little later in the piece but they go with “Historic nine out of nine” referring again to de Rode Duivels succeeding where they had stumbled in past World Cups.
La Libre has overnight star Axelle on the front and encourage us to ensure we are free on Tuesday night at 2200 local time for the United States game.
As we have seen before, you often do get the same headlines even across the two languages. GVA go with “And now the US! 9 from 9 despite Defour red card.”
It’s another colourful page from La Capitale, which talks about going off to “conquer the USA” and it’s clear that Clint Dempsey (pictured) will pose the biggest threat to the Belgian defence, which will hopefully be boosted by the return of Vincent Kompany.
Normally we lead with HLN. We promise you we haven’t fallen out with their journalists but we only had the early edition land on our proverbial doormat this morning, which goes with “Wilmots surprises with Januzaj” who in truth didn’t have much of an impact last night.
We spotted this beauty on De Standaard’s website. The caption says that ten-man Belgium beat NORTH Korea 2-0! It’s easily done!
One thing is for sure…football sure beats discussing a train strike!