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FIFA World Cup 2022: Have to be self-critical and improve, says Belgium coach despite 1-0 win vs Canada

FIFA World Cup 2022: Belgium secured three crucial points in their Group F match after beating Canada 1-0 on Wednesday, November 23 at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.

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Have to be self-critical and improve: Belgium coach after FIFA WC win vs Canada. Courtesy: AP
Have to be self-critical and improve: Belgium coach after FIFA WC win vs Canada. Courtesy: AP

In Short

  • Belgium beat Canada 1-0 on Wednesday
  • Kevin De Bruyne got the Man of the Match award
  • Belgium’s next match is against Morocco on November 27

By India Today Web Desk: Belgium coach Roberto Martinez reckoned that his team has to improve upon certain aspects despite their 1-0 win over Canada in the FIFA World Cup 2022 match on Wednesday, November 23 at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.

Belgium didn’t find the going easy as Canada played their heart out in the last match of the day. Martinez was happy about the fact that Belgium got three important points, but things might go awry for them later if they don’t show improvement.

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"Was it technically the worst performance? Yes. The worst game? No, because it’s a win at the World Cup. We had to show a different side of our game and had to defend really well," Martinez was quoted as saying in a news conference.

In the 44th minute of the match, just before half-time, Michy Batshuayi pulled off a goal to give Belgium a much-needed 1-0 lead. Martinez admitted that Canada didn’t make it easy for Belgium by any stretch of the imagination.

"And we took a very good goal. You need to give huge respect to Canada’s performance and what we did is that we didn’t do well what we were supposed to do while they did well what they were supposed to do. But we deserve the win," he stated.

"We have to be self-critical and improve. But it’s better to do it when you have three points, especially after seeing what happened (to Argentina and Germany)," Martinez added.

Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne got the Man of the Match award, but was not at all satisfied with Belgium’s play.

"I don’t think I played a great game. I don’t know why I got the trophy. Maybe because of my name. But we know what to change. The precision was lacking, also with me,” De Bruyne said.

With the win, Belgium moved to the top of the points table in Group F with three points and a goal difference of one.

Belgium’s next match is against Morocco on Sunday, November 27 at Al Thumama Stadium.