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Wales-Belgium: “One, two, or three substitutions at the Red Devils?’

It was not all smiles and sunshine Sunday night in Toulouse, and all classes are welcome in anticipation of the quarter-final against Wales, writes François Colin.

Dries Mertens © Belga Image

The Red Devils get widely praise for their big victory against Hungary. The football was, especially for the rest and in the final stage, often sparkling. In times of euphoria is, however, mainly on the feet on the ground. It was not all smiles and sunshine Sunday night in Toulouse, and all classes are welcome in anticipation of the quarterfinals against Wales, a team which the Belgians don’t really like.

So we can not in addition to the fact that Hungary is not only weak, but also allowed to play football. Hazard and co were given more space than in the oefenmatchen against Finland and Norway. That will be Friday against Wales decides otherwise.

The Red Devils left for the rest the opportunity to to decide the match and after the rest had it a few times, fear for the equalizer. The large profit was earned, but at the same time also somewhat misleading.

The main downside, it was the yellow card for Thomas Vermaelen. His second of the tournament, so he is suspended for the quarter-final against Wales. Wilmots seems to be two options to have to replace him.

The first possibility is Jan Vertonghen to the centre stack and Jordan Lukaku on the left. So is the partnership Alderweireld-Vertonghen of Tottenham recovered. On the flanks, then walk, however, two guys who are defensively not as strong. Also against Hungary proved to be Thomas Meunier it difficult with his defensive tasks.

The opportunity seems more real that Wilmots returns to his plan of a month ago, when he Jason Denayer declared a replacement for Vincent Kompany. However, that means that there are two rechtsvoetigen central and Denayer made in the training duels not to see a certain impression.

For the other, there can only be one swap with more or less certainty to be announced. Supersub Dries Mertens could not fulfil the role of basisspeler and Yannick Carrasco award-winning subbing with his first hit in the national tricot.

One swap? Again had question marks are placed at the performance of Romelu Lukaku. The most beautiful Red Devil seems to have gone but not to be found in the attack of the national team. In the interplay ran it again to often be wrong, but worse was that he apparently did not know how or where to walk. Regularly, he walked even the space close. Michy Batshuayi scored again, literally and figuratively, as wisselspeler.

And then there is still the only black point of the soft summer evening in Toulouse: the yellow card Marouane Fellaini. The midfielder of Man United had a subbing of ten minutes, enough to elfendertigste time strike of the season. His way of playing football is not only undefendable, but also a danger for the own team. Sooner or later fits a referee the rules and gives a red card to the man who by the English ex-topref Howard Webb recently ‘a rogue’ was called.

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