Belgium v Czech Republic match report

Belgium v Czech Republic match report

Belgium 0- 0 Czech Republic at full timeBelgium win 2-1 on penaltiesIrish men's Under 21 manager Noel King was in attendance at Home Farm FC for the final match 6 of the UEFA U16 Women's Development tournament with his daughter Deirdre Nolan in action as referee.
10th May 2013

Belgium 0- 0 Czech Republic at full time

Belgium win 2-1 on penalties

Irish men's Under 21 manager Noel King was in attendance at Home Farm FC for the final match 6 of the UEFA U16 Women's Development tournament with his daughter Deirdre Nolan in action as referee.

From kick off, the girls from the Czech Republic looked liveliest and were unlucky not to score seven minutes in when Belgium's Sigrid Bertels played a poorly weighted pass back to her keeper that was intercepted by Czech striker Karolina Krivska who shot wide from five yards out.

A minute later and Krivska was very unlucky not to score again when she got on the end of a low cross from Tereza Szewieczkova on the edge of the box. The Czech target woman struck a great right foot shot to rattle the cross bar.

The Belgian defence was clearly feeling the pressure and in the 11th minute, Sarlota Novotna took a long throw in that bounced through the defence and fell to Szewieczkova who turned and shot from five yards out but Belgian goalkeeper, Justien Odeurs had it well covered.

Having come through a difficult spell, the Belgians re-grouped and in the period that followed edged back into the game, with the composed Isabelle Iliano moving up from left back to centre forward switching with striker, Jana Jansseus. Despite getting higher up the pitch and creating more work for the Czech defence, Belgium were unable to get any shots on target.

The Czechs again showed their threat from a run on the break in the 38th minute when Karolina Krivska's cross from the right struck the cross bar  shortly before the close of a scoreless first half at Home Farm.

The Belgians came out of the dressing room much sharper at the start of the second half, growing into the game and presenting a number of difficulties for the Czech back four. In 48th minute Isabelle Iliano made a break from the left, cut inside and fired off a shot from 15 yards out that was blocked by Czech keeper, Nedvedova.

Czech coach Eva Haniakova decided to bring on some fresh legs to counter the growing Belgian threat in the 54th minute, including no 11 Denisa Vesela up front who had caused countless difficulties for her opponents during the tournament.

6 minutes later and the changes nearly paid off with a well struck corner from the right. Andrea Maverova rose to connect well in the air but her effort was parried away by the keeper only to fall to Lucie Hovzarova who skied her shot which came off cross bar from just five yards out.

In the 67th minute, Vesela struck again on target from the edge of the box but her right footed effort was well covered by the keeper.

Belgium however came back on the break with their best opportunity of the match when Silke Vanwynsberghe floated a dangerous cross in from the right finding Charlotte Van Ishonen unmarked on the back post who did well to volley the ball narrowly wide to the left.

Again in the 76th minute, Belgium's Jana Janssues came close to breaking the deadlock sending off a long range effort that flashed a yard wide of the post.

However the game was to end scoreless and under tournament rules went to penalties. Czech nerves showed however and they missed four out of five penalties giving Belgium a 2-1 victory.

Hero of the moment was Belgian keeper, Justien Odeurs, whose brilliant dive to palm away an almost certain goal by the Czech Republic's Eliska Jasova clinched the game for the Belgians.

Match report by Shaun O'Donnell.

Belgium: Odeurs, Vanwynsberghe, Lagrange, Bertels (Baetens, 41), Deoeme (Van Ishonen, 41) , Iliano (De Vandevelde, 68), Stas, Baldewijns (Dupont, 41), Jansseus, Drumont (Merchiers, 41), Steyvers

Czech Republic: Nedvedova, Jasova, Braumerova, Maverova, Starova, Janikova (Vesela, 54), Kovarakova (Cizkova, 54), Szewieczkova, Krivska, Novotna (Hovzarova, 36), Chlumova