Belgium wound up their pre-World Cup training programme on Saturday (May 30), when they soundly defeated Puebla University 5-0 on the University ground.
Belgium wound up their pre-World Cup training programme on Saturday (May 30), when they soundly defeated Puebla University 5-0 on the University ground. The Belgians fielded the majority of their top class players.
The Belgian team, who have been staying and training in Puebla, about one hour's drive from Mexico City, took some time to settle down against the University side but took the lead early with a chip shot from Maurice Martens. Johan Devrindt scored soon afterwards to put the Belgians 2-0 in the lead.
Paul Van Himst, Anderlecht's star forward, scored Belgium's third goal and Devrindt, another Anderlecht players, had the ball in the net soon afterwards, but the goal was disallowed.
With Dewalque, Dockx and Heylans playing an outstanding game in defence, Belgium continued to break up the home attacks and it was the rearguard players who set up Raoul Lambert to make the score 4-0.
The University goalkeeper Valencia however was showing outstanding form and made a brilliant save from Van Moer.
Devrindt scored his second and Belgium's firth goal just before half-time.
Both sides made changes after half-time, but in the second-half goalkeeper Valencia made a number of outstanding saves to keep the score at 5-0 for the Belgians.
Belgium are in group one with Mexico and Russia (who drew 0-0 in the opening game of the tournament on Sunday, May 31) and El Salvador. They play their opening game, against El Salvador, on Wednesday (June 3) in the Aztec Stadium.