The official website for European football

Mirallas leaves Belgium on the brink

Published: Thursday 14 June 2007, 0.35CET
Israel 0-1 Belgium Kevin Mirallas scored an 82nd-minute winner as the ten men of Belgium ended Israel's hopes in Group A.
by Simon Hart
from Abe Lenstra

This content is streamed in such a way that it is protected and available only in a Flash format. Your device seems not to be compatible with our Flash video player.

Match statistics

IsraelBelgium

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target4
 
7
Attempts off target8
 
9
Corners3
 
4
Fouls committed14
 
27
Yellow cards3
 
7
Red Cards0
1

Standings

Group A NED / ISR / POR / BEL(Host country: Netherlands)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Netherlands Netherlands22003126
Belgium Belgium21101014
Portugal Portugal201112-11
Israel Israel200202-20
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:26 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Thursday 14 June 2007, 0.35CET

Mirallas leaves Belgium on the brink

Israel 0-1 Belgium Kevin Mirallas scored an 82nd-minute winner as the ten men of Belgium ended Israel's hopes in Group A.

Ten-man Belgium took a major step towards the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals by beating Group A rivals Israel 1-0 through Kevin Mirallas's 82nd-minute goal.

Inspirational display
Mirallas’s winning strike in Heerenveen capped an inspirational display of front-running from the LOSC Lille Métropole striker in a Belgium team who played for 72 minutes with ten men following Marouane Fellaini's early sending-off. For Israel, this second successive 1-0 defeat brings elimination and how they will rue their failure to capitalise on the extra-man advantage.

Changes
If Belgium were unchanged following their impressive showing against Portugal, Israel coach Guy Levy responded to his side's defeat by the Netherlands by making four changes, among them the introduction of the influential Idan Srur to make the play behind a forward line now including Shlomi Arbeitman alongside Ben Sahar and Barak Itzhaki. Levy had spelt out his wish to see more attacking ambition from his players yet in the opening stages they were on the back foot.

Fellaini dismissed
Mirallas served an early warning after eight minutes with a shot from outside the box that forced Tom Al Madon into a fingertip save. Sixty seconds later the Israel goal came under threat again, Sébastien Pocognoli picking out Fellaini with his cross but the Belgium midfielder failed to make a clean contact with the ball. If Belgium looked untroubled, that changed on 18 minutes with Fellaini's dismissal. Eliran Danin went to ground under his challenge and the midfielder, already cautioned for fouling Sahar, was sent off.

De Sart gamble
Logan Bailly had to turn behind Srur's ensuing free-kick and it then took a sliding challenge from Pocognoli to deny Arbeitman a clean strike after the skilful Sahar had played his colleague in. Given Belgium's need for the points, however, coach Jean-François De Sart gambled on keeping his front players on, leaving Jan Vertonghen to do double the covering work in front of the back four.

Israel threaten
Although Anthony Vanden Borre spurned a shooting chance on 26 minutes, Israel now carried the greater menace albeit without really stretching the ten men. Itzhaki sent a drive just over but it was not until the half's closing moments that they really threatened. After Bailly had inadvertently collected a back-pass, Srur's short free-kick teed up Itzhaki but he blasted over. Then Sahar broke through on a one-two with Srur only to see his goalbound effort blocked by Nicolas Lombaerts.

Sahar shines
Into the second half and Sahar was in his stride, flashing a shot narrowly wide and troubling the Diablotins' defence with his elusive movement down the left. One lovely flick sent him racing clear of Sepp De Roover and bearing down on Bailly. He squared the ball to Albeitman but, with the goal gaping, the striker was foiled by Thomas Vermaelen's block. At the other end, Mirallas raised Belgian hopes with a run through the middle stopped only by Amir Taga's saving tackle and shortly after the hour, Blondel was only a whisker wide with an acrobatic volley.

Belgium rewarded
Although Sahar hit the post from an offside position, Belgium's ten men were now looking the likelier scorers. Blondel lashed another volley into the side-netting before, on 80 minutes, Mirallas struck the woodwork. The No9 would not be denied, however. Sprinting on to Vanden Borre's diagonal pass ahead of Dekel Keinan, he beat Al Madon with a low shot for the only goal.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.37CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2007/matches/round=2240/match=85176/postmatch/report/index.html#mirallas+leaves+belgium+brink

Lineups

Israel

Israel

Belgium

Belgium

18
Al-MadonTom Al-Madon (GK) (C)
1
BaillyLogan Bailly (GK)
2
ShpunginYuval Shpungin
2
De RooverSepp De Roover
3
DaninEliran Danin
Substitution67
4
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
5
KeinanDekel Keinan
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
6
JanLior Jan
9
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Yellow Card18
Goal82
Substitution85
7
SrurIdan Srur
Substitution78
10
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
Yellow Card42
9
ItzhakiBarak Itzhaki
Substitution55
11
MartensMaarten Martens (C)
Yellow Card42
Substitution46
12
DuaniRami Duani
15
PocognoliSébastien Pocognoli
14
ArbeitmanShlomi Arbeitman
Yellow Card25
17
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Yellow Card12
Red Card18
17
SaharBen Sahar
Yellow Card70
20
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
Yellow Card75
Substitution90+3
20
TagaAmir Taga
22
BlondelJonathan Blondel
Yellow Card32

Substitutes

1
LevitaOhad Levita (GK)
12
BoeckxFrank Boeckx (GK)
23
ShekelYossi Shekel (GK)
21
CordierMichaël Cordier (GK)
4
MaymonShai Maymon
5
MulemoLandry Mulemo
8
BaruchyanAviram Baruchyan
Substitution78
Yellow Card84
7
OvermeireKillian Overmeire
Substitution90+3
10
TamuzToto Tamuz
8
HarounFaris Haroun
Substitution46
11
PeretzOmer Peretz
13
GilletGuillaume Gillet
13
DamariNitzan Damari
14
De MulTom De Mul
15
PeserNaor Peser
Substitution67
16
De SutterTom De Sutter
Substitution85
16
Ben ShushanAmit Ben Shushan
Substitution55
18
CimanLaurent Ciman
19
BondarvDani Bondarv
19
De SmetStijn De Smet
21
YeiniSheran Yeini
23
WitselAxel Witsel
22
RefaelovLior Refaelov

Coach

Guy Levi (ISR) Jean-François De Sart (BEL)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Anders Nørrestrand (DEN), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA European Under-21 Championship logo and trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.