Following Belgium’s defeat against Sweden in the Women’s Euro quarter-final, ‘Red Flames’ captain, Tessa Wullaert, says that Belgium could still go home with their heads held high.
Wullaert was proud of the performance of her players. “On the one hand, I’m disappointed because it’s never fun to leave a tournament, but I’m very proud of the way we put Belgium once again on the map of women’s football,” Belgium’s top scoring player said in a press conference after the game.
“Sweden maybe thought they would win 4 or 5-0, but it’s only 1-0 in the 93rd minute. We made it very difficult for them. We can be proud of that and I think this Euro will give a huge boost. We now know that we can be very good in defense and have the right mentality, also against very strong teams. We have to take that with us for September to win against Norway (World Cup qualifying , editor’s note).”
“I will tell the team that they can go home with their heads held high. We are disappointed, but Sweden thought they would win on a forfeit score, but that is not the case at all. If you can show what we showed against the world number 2, we can do it against everyone,” added Tessa Wullaert. “We can only continue to progress and be proud of our Euro.”
This was the second time the ‘Flames’ (FIFA 19) participated in the European Championship. Five years ago, they were eliminated in the group phase in the Netherlands.
Sweden will now face England in the semi-finals in Sheffield on Tuesday 26 July. The hosts defeated Spain 2-1 on Wednesday in extra time.