They came; they saw; they lost! Many of the Belgian players said they were very happy to be finally playing at the mythical Wembley stadium, although Kevin Mirallas said he would have preferred to have played at the original. On the day, the Red Devils were not outplayed, far from it. They had more possession than England, they made many more passes than their opponents – Marc Wilmots would like to have then playing in the fashion of Barcelona – but they were undone, as usual, by an elementary error – this time by Moussa Dembélé, aided by Guillaume Gillet.
Wilmots had caused a few surprises by playing Eden Hazard in the number nine role, although slightly withdrawn. He also had Marouane Fellaini playing just behind the front three with Axel Witsel and Dembélé in front of the back four. Although this takes Witsel out of the attacking zones he loves, it’s where he played regularly for Benfica last season.
So, after 90 minutes, we had learnt that Belgium still make one or two errors that means they concede goals in every game and they still lack a centre forward worthy of the name. To be honest however, they didn’t try to find one at Wembley. Next time out for Belgium is a mid-August for a friendly in Brussels against their Dutch neighbours. That should be fun.