Belgium vs Serbia

Highlights and Full Match | Video

Enjoy the full match replay and highlights of the thrilling showdown between Belgium and Serbia. This enthralling clash took place in the International Friendly Match. The game kicked off at 16:30 GMT on a memorable Wednesday, November 15, 2023.

Referee Barbu M. (Rou). The venue for this football spectacle was the Sportoase (Leuven).

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In a closed-door encounter at Den Dreef Stadium in Leuven, Belgium showcased promising signs under Domenico Tedesco, securing a 1-0 friendly victory against Serbia. This extended Belgium’s winning streak in head-to-head clashes against the Eagles to four matches, a testament to their continued dominance.

The match, moved from the King Baudouin Stadium due to unplayable conditions, saw Belgium swiftly taking the lead within the first 90 seconds. Yannick Carrasco, beginning the game with more goals than the combined total of his starting teammates, capitalized on loose play from Strahinja Pavlović and Predrag Rajković, exhibiting composure in his finish.

Both teams displayed comfortable ball movement, with Serbia creating an early chance after the 20th minute. Filip Mladenović orchestrated intricate link-up play, delivering a ball to Lazar Samardžić in the box. However, the Udinese midfielder’s quest for his first international goal continued as his effort spun harmlessly wide. Filip Đuričić struck the post in Serbia’s pursuit of an equalizer, while Youri Tielemans provided warnings with three releases to Loïs Openda, each time denied by Rajković.

Though labeled a friendly, the game experienced disruptions with several fouls in the second half. Miloš Veljković received a booking for cynically bringing down Openda. On his debut international start, Olivier Deman created the first opportunity of the second half, only to see his effort saved. Nemanja Radonjić, at the other end, beat Deman but failed to test Matz Sels, with the strike sailing off-target.

Michy Batshuayi’s shot was unremarkable, and Filip Kostić’s cross, turned onto the crossbar by Filip Đuričić and deflected behind by Wout Faes, highlighted the defensive resilience of Belgium. This result marked Belgium’s tenth consecutive unbeaten match as they prepare for the final European Championship Qualifier against Azerbaijan. With a confirmed spot in Germany, Serbia’s qualification hinges on Montenegro’s result against Lithuania. Otherwise, the Eagles will seek to maintain their five-game pattern of alternating between defeats and wins to secure a spot in the finals.

Player of the Match: Youri Tielemans (Belgium)