Red Flames beat Northern Ireland 4-1 thanks to Wullert and Van Kerkowan

Red Flames beat Northern Ireland 4-1 thanks to Wullert and Van Kerkowan

Tessa Wullert (23, 86) and Ella van Kerkowan (83, 90 + 3) scored the Belgian goals while Lauren Wade (45) equalized temporarily. Northern Ireland play 10 minutes from the 69th minute, with goalkeeper Jackie Burns receiving a red card. The Northern Irish women started the game well, making a move to the left of Kirsty McGuinness, and then a cross shot alerted Nicky Evard (second). The Red Flames gradually settled into the opposing camp and found the opening in their first chance: Davina Filtgens, who crossed for her national goal for Tessa Wullert just in time, launched Tin de Keigny from the left (23).

Just before the break, Lauren Wade took the ball from outside the box and hit it instantly, giving Evrod (45 ‘) no chance.

In the meantime, Elena Dont soon isolated herself, sowing panic in the Northern Irish defense. However, they failed to frame (56).

De Kayne’s shot from Jackie Burns (60 ‘), Dont’s shot from just wide (62’) and Wullert’s (63 ‘) off-target header strengthened Belgium’s pressure.

69th, goalkeeper Burns, outside her rectangle, mistakenly launches Wullert into the goal. The red was sudden.

Ella Van Kerkhoven, who returned to the national team a year after being sidelined with a hamstring injury, was released in the 82nd minute after being hit in the head by a cross for a post.

In the process, Tessa Wullert converted a shot from the entrance to the rectangle to make it 3-1 (86th).

Van Kerkhoven returned with a double after Feli Delakov’s header had been deflected by Becky Flaherty (90 + 3).

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The Red Flames will play two more warm-up matches, flying against Austria on Sunday (5:00 pm) and Luxembourg next Tuesday (8:00 pm) against England, where they will play against Iceland on July 10.

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