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Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 14:22 GMT 15:22 UK

Belgian press united in grief

By John Chapman
in Brussels

The Belgium press corps is at last speaking with one voice on Wednesday following the pitiful performance of the Diables Rouges in the 1-1 draw against Tunisia.

" What's the use of Timmy Simons and Yves Vanderhaeghe winning the ball when we have nobody who can create any chances? "
Walter Baseggio

No one has a good word to say about the team's display or the tactics employed.

The only positive note comes from observers, in advance of Friday's deciding match with Russia, who say that Belgium always play best against stronger opposition.

Het Nieuwsblad, a consistent critic of coach Robert Waseige, asks: "What now, Waseige?"

Describing the display as "soporific", it claims the team has "no playmaker, no speed, no fight" and creates "no chances".

The normally supportive La Derniere Heure opts for: "It was useless, Robert!"

Inside, Waseige's predecessor Georges Leekens writes: "When I see the speed at which Belgium play, I feel that I could still get a place in the team."

Even Anderlecht's Walter Baseggio, who missed out on the World Cup because of injury, feels moved to comment on his one-time colleagues:

"What's the use of Timmy Simons and Yves Vanderhaeghe winning the ball, as they have done so often, when we have nobody who can create any chances?"

Le Soir says "Belgium were lost in the wilderness" and that "Tunisia were technically, physically and tactically superior".


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