The Belgian national women’s football team drew 1-1 with New Zealand in their Algarve Cup opener in Parchal, Portugal on Wednesday evening. The Red Flames fell on penalties.
The Flames quickly fell behind 1-0 in Portugal and had to wait until the last minute of regular playing time for substitute Chloé Vande Velde to equalize. Then the Belgians were already twenty minutes with eleven to ten, after the red for the New Zealander Butch. Tine De Caigny seemed to make the unexpected 2-1, but that goal was disallowed.
After 90 minutes, penalties immediately followed and the New Zealanders were 6-5 too strong. For the Flames, Deloose and Wijnants missed their penalty. With a win, the Flames immediately entered the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament. Now they have to complete two ranking matches.
Belgium are taking part in the Algarve Cup for the first time since their fifth place in 2016. After the Algarve Cup, there will be a friendly against Norway (April 9 in Ostend) for the coach’s team national Ives Serneels, in the race. until the important qualifying match for the European Championship against Switzerland (April 14 in Leuven).