Red Devils against Asian countries at the world cup: a moderate success

Four times we saw already an Asian country in a world cup and none of those matches was for the Red Devils gezondheidswandeling. Concrete holds Belgium against Asian world cup opponents two efficient victories, one extremely painful defeat and a fair tie.

Belgium played in 2002, and once against Japan at the world cup (2-2). © AFP

1986: Iraq – Belgium (1-2)

Our first confrontation ever with an Asian country came only on our seventh world championship. The opponent was Iraq godbetert. After twenty minutes had the Red Devils their sheep all on the dry. A beautifully crossed shot of Enzo Scifo and a penalty from Claesen – after a very stupid haakfout of an Iraqi at that same Claesen – led quickly for a 0-2.

In the whole football history scored Iraq just one goal in a world cup. The name of the author – Ahmed Radi – say rather nothing than something, but he made that iconic goal against Jean-Marie Pfaff.

1994: Belgium – Saudi Arabia (0-1)

Saeed Al-Owairan. Philippe Albert, Dirk Medved and Rudi Smidts be at night regularly waking up when the Saudi number ten of 1994 in their nightmares shows up. From his own half, he started in Washington on a rush over the whole field, which the Red Devils just cones seemed. One by one omspeelde he then eye-to-eye with Michel Preud’homme will not fail.

The goal is that we in minute five and it would also be the only one. Belgium did not succeed more in to at least to score, so the third was in his group. The Red Devils were still as the best third-fished, but went there in the eighth-finals immediately against Germany. Now yes, Saudi Arabia came out against Sweden. Also not a bite-sized chunk, because the Scandiniviërs would that world cup impressive third.

2002: Japan – Belgium (2-2)

After Iraq was Japan’s first against the Red Devils. The Samurai Blue to the cool sound – were in 2002 along with South Korea, host country during their second world cup participation. Their debut they made in 1998 in France, but that world cup ended with zero points.

The first world CHAMPIONSHIP point took Japan against Belgium. Marc Wilmots opened the score in Saitama, but by Takayuki Suzuki – later on Racing Genk would end up – and Junichi Inamoto was Japan ten minutes later the lead. Peter Van der Heyden scored only one interlandgoal in his career and also very important: with a clever lob made the fullback of Club Brugge for the 2-2 and a point against Japan.

2014: South Korea – Belgium (0-1)

Just as Roberto Martinez last Thursday against England, chose national coach Marc Wilmots four years ago for a team full of reservespelers in the last team contest. The qualification for the eighth finals was already a fact, and therefore were under more Anthony Vanden Borre, Nicolas Lombaerts, Steven Superior and also Adnan Januzaj a chance.

By the absence of Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, for the occasion, captain. And calculated the captain made after a colorless party for the 0-1. Ten minutes before the time stopped the Korean goalkeeper with a shot from Divock Origi, the rebound of Vertonghen did touch. Nine on nine and the Red Devils just like in Russia flawlessly to the eighth-finals.

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