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.
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.
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.
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.