Belgium equals Brazil

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 8:45 a.m.

By dominating Canada with difficulty on Wednesday (1-0), the Devils signed an eighth consecutive victory in the group stage of the World Cup, which only Brazil had managed to accomplish.

The Belgians have successfully entered this Qatari World Cup. In terms of results anyway. Because if Roberto Martinez’s men beat Canada on Wednesday night at Al Rayyan’s Ahmad-ben-Ali Stadium (1-0), they suffered a lot and can say thank you to Thibaut Courtois, who diverted a penalty from Alphonso Davies at the start of the match, but also to Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe, who notably forgot another penalty kick for a foul by Axel Witsel in the area. In the end, the second nation in the FIFA ranking ended up making sense in 41st place and took the lead in group F ahead of Croatia and Morocco, who had failed to decide a little earlier (0-0) .

This success is also Belgium’s eighth consecutive in the group stage of the World Cup. A successful series during the 2002 edition against Russia (3-2), and which continued in 2014 against Algeria (2-1), again Russia (1-0) and South Korea South (1-0), then, in 2018, against Panama (3-0), Tunisia (5-2) and England (1-0). In the history of the competition, only one country had achieved such a performance, reports Opta: Brazil, twice, from 1986 to 1994 then from 2002 to 2010. Brazilians who have won the trophy twice, after the end of their first series and at the start of the second, which the Belgians have never managed to do.

“Our worst game in a major tournament”

In the meantime, they are above all satisfied to have won, and no matter how. “Without really being ourselves, we won”, then named Martinez, after cheering on this “great team” from Canada. “Technically it was our worst game in a big tournament. But it’s not that bad because we finally won. A victory when you play badly doesn’t just happen by chance. We had a bit of luck, but we held on,” said the Spanish technician again at a press conference.

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