Belgian Red Flames aim for second Nations League win in Scotland
The Belgian Red Flames play their second match in the Nations League against Scotland on Tuesday night. The team will be looking for their second win after their shock 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in Leuven on Friday.
In the inaugural Women's Nations League, Belgium were drawn in a "group of death" with European champions and runners-up England, the Netherlands and Scotland.
Belgium women's national team coach Ives Serneels tempered expectations last week. The Red Flames have made great strides in recent years, but there is still a big gap between them and the top teams, he said.
The Belgians closed the gap a little on Friday with an excellent performance against the Netherlands. They showed great mental toughness to come back from 1-0 down to score the winner in extra time.
"We are up against a strong team and need to match our performance from Friday"
Against Scotland, on paper the only evenly matched opponent in the group, the Flames will be looking to build on Friday's win, said Serneels. "We wanted to get a [good] result against the Netherlands and we want another one now. We are up against a strong team and need to match our performance from Friday."
Serneels will have to cope with the absence of several players. Striker Hannah Eurlings picked up an injury against the Netherlands, while defender Amber Tysiak and midfielder Chloé Vande Velde were not fit enough to travel to Scotland.
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