The Belgian national under-21 team lost 3-2 in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday on the eighth and final day of qualifying for Euro U21 football, to be held in 2021 in Hungary and Slovenia . The defeat jeopardizes the qualification chances of young Belgians, who now depend on Romania’s result against Denmark to finish in the top five second. Iceland, whose match in Armenia has been postponed, can also overtake Belgium in this group second ranking.
Forced to win to finish at least in the top five second, the Diablotins started the meeting perfectly. In the 7th minute, Charles De Ketelaere launched Thibault De Smet, who appeared in front of goalkeeper Dujmovic and deceived him with a lob.
While the Bosnians had not been dangerous so far, they had scored two goals in three minutes. In the 29th minute, Lukic overcame Bornauw on the right and crossed for Savic who put the two teams even. In the 31st minute, after a badly negotiated throw-in by the Belgians, Kovac served Resic who sent the ball 20 meters into Bodart’s skylight.
In the second half, Bodart saved the Diablotins twice against Savic (46th and 59th). His Bosnian counterpart Dujmovic flaunted his reflexes on a header from Openda (49th).
Kovac brought the score to 3-1 with a low-to-the-ground strike (69th). Openda had the opportunity to revive the suspense but stumbled on Dujmovic (71st).
In the 89th minute, the referee awarded a penalty to Belgium for a push from Mujakic on Bornauw. Openda was scoring eleven meters. However, the score no longer changed.
Belgium finished second in Group 9 with 13 points, behind Germany (18), victorious 2-1 for Wales with in particular a penalty goal from Anderlecht’s Lukas Nmecha, who also missed a second penalty.
Bosnia and Herzegovina finished third (11 points), ahead of Wales (9) and Moldova (7).
Romania shared 1-1 against Denmark on Tuesday in Group 8 of qualifying, meaning Belgium will not take part in Euro under-21 football.
Romania was led to the score following a goal from Laursen (40th, from the penalty spot) but equalized by Costache (72nd).
The nine group winners and the five best runners-up advance to the finals, held in Hungary and Slovenia. Beaten 3-2 by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium finished second in group 9 (five teams) with 13 points. By dividing against Denmark, Romania finished second in Group 8 (six teams) with 20 points. By removing the points obtained against the last of the group, she totals 14 points in the ranking of the best second and thus ejects Belgium from the top-five.
Iceland (12 points) could still qualify. The Icelanders (12 points) saw their match in Armenia postponed due to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. UEFA has not communicated a date to replay this match