De Bruyne Inspires Belgium To First Victory Over Germany Since 1954

De Bruyne Inspires Belgium To First Victory Over Germany Since 1954


March 28, (THEWILL) – Domenico Tedesco’s promising start as the new Belgium coach continued as his side recorded a 3-2 friendly victory over Germany in Cologne.

Following Friday’s 3-0 win over Sweden in Euro 2024 qualifying, Belgium put on an impressive display, with man-of-the-match, Kevin De Bruyne, producing a masterclass in attack to help secure victory. The team’s new captain created three chances and scored a goal to inspire his side to their first win against Germany since 1954.

Germany struggled to respond to Belgium’s early onslaught, as De Bruyne’s passes set up goals for Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku inside the opening nine minutes. Although Niclas Fullkrug’s penalty offered some hope before halftime, De Bruyne’s slick finish in the 78th minute ensured Belgium’s victory.


Despite Serge Gnabry scoring a late consolation goal, Germany’s lacklustre performance raised concerns ahead of Euro 2024. Lukaku continued his impressive form under Tedesco with another goal, taking his tally to four in two games. Meanwhile, Fullkrug’s impressive scoring run for Germany continued with his sixth goal in just six appearances.

Germany will need to show significant improvement if they are to build momentum ahead of the Euros, with Flick needing to address their defensive frailties. Belgium, on the other hand, will be looking to maintain their winning run when they host Austria in June.

Jude Obafemi, THEWILL

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