Belgium coach Roberto Martinez admitted that his team needs to improve after achieving a difficult 1-0 victory over Canada in the World Cup, although he is happy with the result in light of the defeats of teams such as Argentina and Germany in their opening matches.
Canada, playing their first World Cup match in 36 years, tried their best to make their third big upset of the week after Saudi Arabia beat Argentina and Japan beat Germany.
The Canadiens had a great early chance to take the lead, only to see Thibaut Courtois equalize for Alphonso Davies’ penalty. The vibrant Maple Leafs played high pressure and fearlessly, carving out other chances they couldn’t take either.
Michy Batshuayi gave Belgium the lead just before halftime with a cross over the middle. This appeared to lead to a degree of sedation, while Martinez’s first-half and into the second-half substitutions worked in Belgium’s favor to keep the game out of Canada’s reach.
“Canada deserve to be better than us in the way they played,” Martinez said. BBC match today after the final whistle. “I think the result reflects the things we had to do and the way we defended each other and took our chances.
“It’s a win and we have to play better and grow. We’ve been here five days, we have to grow with these games. Many top teams lose games. This tournament will make you develop and grow as the tournament continues. If you do that by winning games, you will be Great feature.
“Today we didn’t win with our normal talent and quality of ball, but you don’t win the World Cup if you don’t do the other side of the game. We need to be realistic, we have to play well, but when a team can win without playing well there is a lot to build on.” “.
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