“The first matches are often difficult”, notes Courtois (Belgium)

By stopping a penalty in the first half, Thibaut Courtois (30) greatly contributed to Belgium’s victory against Canada on Wednesday (1-0).

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium goalkeeper after the 1-0 win over Canada on Wednesday at the World Cup, on the RTBF): “The first matches of a World Cup are often difficult and stressful. Look at Germany and Argentina (beaten by Japan and Saudi Arabia, editor’s note). And us, with not easy opening matches against Algeria in 2014 and Panama in 2018… Our pool is underestimated. There are four good teams. And we are in the lead. With a victory in the next match (against Morocco, Sunday, editor’s note), we will be qualified. We were surprised by the pressure imposed by the Canadians. We didn’t think they would press so hard. They had the speed, strength and technique to hurt us. (On the penalty he stopped) I knew Davies was still shooting to the right (of the keeper). So I opted for this side. It’s the first time I’ve saved a penalty with the national team.»

Michy Batshuayi (Belgium striker and scorer on RTBF): “It was not the best Belgium tonight. It’s not the best Belgium yet. I understand (the role of the media) which is to criticize. But there are positives, starting with the result. Although we should have scored more goals. Personally, I’m glad I found the opening. It was a really good ball from Toby (Alderweireld).»

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