Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has admitted that his staff want to enhance after securing a slim 1-0 win over Canada on the World Cup, though is pleased with the lead to mild of groups like Argentina and Germany being crushed of their opening video games.
Canada, enjoying of their first World Cup match in 36 lengthy years, tried their finest to make it the third massive upset of the week after Saudi Arabia’s victory over Argentina and Japan beating Germany.
The Canadians had an excellent early probability to take the lead, solely to see Thibaut Courtois equal to Alphonso Davies’ penalty. The colourful Maple Leafs performed a excessive press and with out concern, carving out different alternatives that additionally they couldn’t take.
Michy Batshuayi gave Belgium the lead simply earlier than half-time, latching onto a by cross over the center. That appeared to convey a level of calm, whereas substitutions from Martinez on the interval and into the second half additionally labored in Belgium’s favour to take the sport out of attain for Canada.
“Canada deserved to be higher than us in the way in which they performed,” Martinez instructed BBC Match of the Day after the ultimate whistle. “I believe the end result displays the issues that we needed to do and the way in which we defended for one another and took our probability.
“It is a win and we have to play higher and to develop. We have been right here 5 days, we now have to develop with these video games. Many high groups are dropping video games. This match goes to make you develop and develop because the match goes on. For those who do this by successful video games, it is an unbelievable benefit.
“Right this moment we did not win by our regular expertise and high quality on the ball, however you do not win within the World Cup in the event you do not do the opposite aspect of the sport. We have to be practical, we have to play properly however when a staff can win with out enjoying properly, it is so much to construct on.”
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