Belgium move above Switzerland

Published: Sunday 27 April 2008, 10.00CET
Belgium 3-1 Switzerland
Femke Maes scored twice as the Red Devils boosted their hopes of play-off place in Group 4.
by Berend Scholten
from Diest
Belgium move above Switzerland
Femke Maes scored twice for Belgium www.jamesprickett.co.uk

Match statistics

BelgiumSwitzerland

Goals scored3
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts3
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Published: Sunday 27 April 2008, 10.00CET

Belgium move above Switzerland

Belgium 3-1 Switzerland
Femke Maes scored twice as the Red Devils boosted their hopes of play-off place in Group 4.
Belgium defeated Switzerland 3-1 at the Stade des Géants in Ath to move from fourth to second in UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 4 and boost their hopes of reaching the play-offs.

Maes opener
Having missed out on the chance to go second in a 2-2 against the Netherlands on Wednesday, Belgium started strongly today and opened the scoring after 25 minutes when Femke Maes was afforded the simplest of finishes following a misunderstanding in the Swiss defence. The visitors drew level 13 minutes later when forward Vanessa Bürki turned in a cross from the left.

Vital goal
But that was as good as it got for Switzerland as Belgium struck twice late on to claim the three points, Maes converting an 88th-minute free-kick and substitute Janice Cayman also scored from distance in the final minute. That goal was vital as Belgium had lost 1-0 in Switzerland so now have a head-to-head advantage over their opponents if they finish level on points.

Close race
With two games to go, Belgium are now two points ahead of the Netherlands and three in front of Switzerland, who have a game in hand. Reigning champions Germay, five points clear of Belgium, can clinch first place and book their place in Finland by winning in Eupen on 7 May. A day later Switzerland welcome bottom team Wales hoping they will be able to draw level on points with Belgium, with only the runners-up and four of the six third-placed teams in the group going into the play-offs.

Last updated: 27/04/08 21.41CET

Lineup

Belgium

Belgium

Switzerland

Switzerland

1Gave Van Poucke (GK)15Caroline Abbé
2Maud Coutereels1Marisa Brunner (GK)
3Annelies Timmermans11Vanessa Bürki
Goal38'
4Heleen Jaques
Yellow Card84'
10Lara Dickenmann
5Hanne Van De Goor4Rahel Graf
Substitution89'
6Aline Zeler9Isabelle Meyer
7Marlies Verbruggen
Yellow Card79'
Substitution86'
16Nicole Schäpper
Yellow Card87'
8Femke Maes (C)
Goal25'
Goal88'
2Franziska Schärer (C)
9Kristel Verelst
Substitution61'
14Noémie Beney
Substitution72'
10Niki De Cock5Marina Keller
11Inge Heiremans
Substitution74'
7Martina Moser
Substitution57'

Substitutes

18Tina Vanderauwera6Vanessa Bernauer
Substitution72'
Yellow Card76'
15Marjorie De Rammelaere
Substitution61'
3Sandra Betschart
Substitution57'
12Sofie Van Houtven (GK)18Désirée Grundbacher
16Anneleen Segers8Prisca Steinegger
13Janice Cayman
Substitution74'
Goal90+1'
12Gaëlle Thalmann (GK)
17Berit Stevens20Maeva Sarrasin
Substitution89'
14Audrey Demoustier
Substitution86'
13Nora Haeuptle

Coach

Anne Noë (BEL) Béatrice Von Siebenthal (SUI)

Referee

Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)

Assistant referees

Helen Karo (SWE), Anna Nyström (SWE)

Fourth official

Claudine Brohet (BEL)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Belgium

    Belgium

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  • Switzerland

    Switzerland

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