Four Wolves in action
The international matches on Friday.
On Friday evening, four of VfL’s nine on-duty internationals were in action with their respective national teams. Whilst Koen Casteels and Divock Origi with Belgium, as well as Jakub Blaszczykowski with Poland, were involved in friendly games, Riechedly Bazoer and Holland’s Under 21s had a European Championship qualifier on their schedule.
Goal-spectacle in Brussels
The friendly international clash between Belgium and Mexico ended in a 3-3 (1-1) draw. On the night, the spectators in Brussels were treated to an enthralling battle. Eden Harzard put the ‚Red Devils‘ in front (17‘), but Andrés Guardado (39' pen.) levelled for Mexico before the break. After the restart, Romelu Lukaku put the hosts back in front (55'), before Hirving Lozano turned the tie in Mexico’s favour with a brace (56'/60'). Ten minutes later though, the home side were back level, thanks to a Lukaku equaliser (70') – and thus ended the game. Whilst Divock Origi was introduced as a late substitute (80'), Koen Casteels watched on for the duration from the bench.
Stalemate in Poland
In a test friendly between two sides already qualified for next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, Poland played out a score-less draw with Uruguay. At the end of the ninety minutes, the sides remained locked at 0-0. VfL’s Jakub Blaszczykowski was in the starting eleven and later made way for Krzysztof Maczynski in the 75th minute.
Easy win for Holland’s U21s
The Dutch U21 national team notched up a comfortable win on Friday evening in their bid to qualify for the U21 EURO finals in Italy and San Marino in 2019. The goal-scorers for Holland in their 8-0 (3-0) romp over Andorra were Guus Til (20’), Sam Lammers (28’), Oussama Idrissi (30', 58'), Richairo Zivkovic (64'), Bart Ramselaar (68'), Frenkie de Jong (73') and Justin Kluivert (80'). Riechedly Bazoer was introduced as an 81st minute substitute. With the win, and a total of eight points, the Dutch move into second place in Group 4 behind leaders England (13 points).