The fact that the Red Flames were able to qualify for the quarter-finals in the European Championship for the first time is also partly due to keeper Nicky Evrard (27). She turned out to be the lucky charm of the Red Flames. She became a rock in the surf against Iceland, France and Italy. She saved two penalties and kept alert every time. She had to distinguish herself several times. Also in the decisive match against Italy. In the frantic final offensive of the Italian ladies, she continued to defuse everything. She kept turning the danger. She stays focused. Italy went mad with despair. Their legion murmured quick prayers. In the final phase and in the seven minutes of added time, Italy continued to threaten. Failed to score. It remained 0 – 1. The Red Flames’ guts and daring rewarded.
Thanks to the golden goal of Tine De Caigny (49′) and many drops of sweat (literally and figuratively) from the entire Red Flames team, our country is writing history. Our national football girls for the first time in the last eight of a European championship. And deserved! After De Caigny’s goal, Nicky Evrard seemed to be beaten, Girelli’s attempt stranded on the crossbar. The Red Flames came very close to 0 – 2 in the final phase, Tessa Wullaert is aiming for the post, a pity. It would have been a world goal to frame. Nice to see, the Red Flames gave everything they had. Full of surrender and guts. With the necessary portion of healthy aggression too. Like Philtjens, what a devil that is. No hesitation at all, the Red Flames also played a fantastic match against favorite France. The French gave up. Now the Italians. The Red Flames smelled blood. And the quarterfinals. Red Flames, you’ve been amazing, brave, attractive, fun, and refreshing for three games. Cheers Red Flames, we can’t help but write. The Red Flames played football with great enthusiasm. They were by no means taken aback by the narrow defeat to France. There was nothing to see against Italy. On the contrary. The Red Flames show a lot of eagerness and hunger. The coaching staff has done a great job. The Red Flames delivered a performance that the whole country can be proud of. Enjoy from start to finish. And with a win. Simply truth. Phenomenal. As a football fan you can only be a fan of this women’s team.
Make a note in advance. Friday evening, July 22 at 9 pm, the Red Flames will play their quarterfinal against Sweden. The Red Flames can already look back on a very successful European championship. Does goalkeeper Nicky Evrard play a leading role again? Are the Red Flames making history again? (mvdv, photo ddl)