The Red Devils take tonight, for the fifth time against Japan in an official international match. Our country could still not win.
Although the Red Devils on paper favourite, it is far from certain that the Devils tonight Japan on the knee. Coach Roberto Martinez will send tonight an experimental team the whey in and also wants a different tactical system to play with.
In addition, the Belgians always difficult against Japan. Of the previous four international matches against the country could Belgium not a single win. If the Red Devils tonight would lose, it would be the first defeat of the year. The last defeat of the Red Devils was on september 1, 2016, against Spain (0-2).
The first international match between both countries on June 3, 1999 played in Tokyo. The contest was part of the so-called Kirin Cup, an international tournament organized by Japan. The Red Devils were in preparation for Euro 2000, for which she as a host country directly qualified. The match ended in a dreary 0-0.
The ado of Wilmots
Three years later saw both countries to each other in the group stage of the world cup in Japan and South Korea. The openingsmatch of the world cup ended 2-2. Marc Wilmots brought the Belgians in Saitama with a superb bicycle kick at 0-1, but Suzuki made just two minutes later the equalizer. Japan came even lead. Peter Van der Heyden concerned with a clever lob the Belgians a deserved draw.
The shame of the Tokyo
Afterwards, it was 7 years waiting for our next meeting. On may 31, 2009 sent Japan the Red Devils with a 4-0-pandoering re-home. After the dismissal of René Vandereycken drew interim-coach Franky Vercauteren with a team full of youngsters to the Kirin cup.
Under more Alderweireld and Nainggolan debuted in the 4-0 lost match for the national team. It was an absolute low point in the history of Belgian football.
Even in Brussels, it won’t
The last international match dates back to 4 years ago. Despite the home advantage could the Red Devils on 19 november, again, not win. Honda and co did the Red Devils a lot of pain with short combinations. Japan drew the longest straw and won with 2-3.