Kevin De Bruyne mocked his own man of the match award after Belgium’s unconvincing World Cup win over Canada on Wednesday night.
The world No2-ranked Belgian side struggled against their lively opposition and had goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to thank for a penalty save which helped earn a 1-0 victory.
Manchester City star De Bruyne had little impact as part of a disjointed Belgian midfield and was baffled by his post-match prize. “No, I don’t think I played a great game,” a miserable-looking De Bruyne said after being told of his award. “I don’t know why I got the trophy — maybe it’s because of my name.”Belgium’s aging team were outplayed at times by Canada, who have yet to collect a point or even score a goal in four World Cup matches – including the three games from their debut in 1986.This should have been the game the Canadians broke that run.
Alphonso Davies, the star of Canada’s team, squandered the best chance when his penalty was blocked by Courtois, one of 21 shots taken compared to Belgium’s nine.“They showed tonight they do belong here,” Canada coach John Herdman said of his players.One moment of class in the 44th minute wound up deciding the game.Read more on independent.co.uk