Eden Hazard with the ball in Belgium's loss to Egypt.  EFE/EPA/Noufal Ibrahim

The Spanish Roberto Martínez, coach of the Belgian team, expressed his concern after the 2-1 loss against the Africans five days before making his debut in the World Cup.

The Belgium national teamwhich reaches the World Cup Qatar 2022 being the second best positioned in the World ranking behind Brazil, he did not close the last preparatory game in the best way. This Friday, the team that trains Roberto Martinez suffered a heavy defeat by Egypt 2-1 at Kuwait’s Jaber Al-Hamad International Stadium. After having lost the game, some of the protagonists of the match spoke after the game.

Despite the fact that the Belgians had started the game with possession of the ball and with almost supreme control of the game, the team whose star is Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was able to make the difference 34 minutes into the first half. when Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne made a mistake and left Mostafa Mohammed hand in hand to stamp the 1-0. At the beginning of the plug-in, Trézeguet stretched the advantage after a deep pass from Mo Salah for the 2-0 partial.

Although the team performed well to get injury time in the second half, Belgium’s first goal came late on from striker Lois Openda, who had come on at halftime. After the defeat, Martínez spoke at a press conference about the result of the friendly.

“Now we have to wake up because the World Cup is starting and I’m sure we’re going to react”, quoted the Spanish coach who took command of the team at the end of 2016. Then he added: “We have not had the normal time to prepare for a World Cup.” To conclude, despite acknowledging that his team had not shown the performance required by the ecumenical tournament, the coach rescued a positive aspect considering that his debut in the Qatar 2022 World Cup will be next Wednesday against Canada for the Group F. “We have no injuries, something is something”said the coach with a tone of agreement.

Eden Hazard with the ball in Belgium’s loss to Egypt. EFE/EPA/Noufal Ibrahim

In addition to the coach’s word, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Axel Witsel, both Atlético de Madrid players, gave their opinion on the match. “You have to learn the lesson of mistakes” and prepare for the first match of the World Cup”, said Carrasco thinking of turning the page and adding: “unfortunately it’s been a bit complicated“. But in the word of Witsel, it took more serenity.

“Losing against Egypt is not a blow for the team,” said Axel. Witsel was clear about why the team lost to Egypt and focused on the team. “We have not respected certain positionss that the coach had requested both in defense and with possession of the ball”, analyzed the player. The truth is that the National Team will debut in five days and will have to turn the page to reach the official debut in the best way.

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