The International Break this Saturday afternoon offered a meeting between Ireland and Belgium at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The Irish will not make their trip to Qatar at the end of the year after finishing behind Serbia and Portugal in their qualifying group, the fault of a poor start to the campaign. Belgium will be part of it in Qatar, after finishing first in its pool ahead of Wales. This is the first match for the two selections in 2022, and their last encounter with Eden Hazard’s partners in the group stage of Euro 2016 ended in a final victory (3-0). The Irish and Belgians lined up to celebrate the centenary of their federation. Along with many youngsters like Charles de Kettleier or Alexis Sailmakers, UV Tilemans raised a “new generation” team with a captain.
Liverpool goalkeeper Kaoimhin Kelleher, West Bromwich Center forward Kalam Wilson and Tottenham midfielder Matt Doherty have been named in the starting line-up. During a balanced meeting, the Belgians started the scoring fast with a goal from former Marseille player Michi Batshuayi (12th), who was joined by former league player One (third English DV) Chidosi Ogbene (36th). . The Red Devils regained the lead in the second half with a goal from Bruce striker Hans Vanaken (59th), but Ireland equalized in the final minutes with a goal from Alan Brown (86th). Ireland will face Lithuania on Tuesday to finish the international break while Belgium will face Burkina Faso.