‘Shame For Football’ – Belgium Goalkeeper Courtois Says After France Victory
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is not happy after Belgium crashed out of the 2018 Russia World Cup following his team’s defeat to France in Tuesday’s semifinal tie.
The Chelsea keeper was heavily critical of Didier Deschamps’s side for their defensive style of play.
Centre-back Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header from a corner gave France a 1-0 win, as they defended deep to close it out and reach a third World Cup final.
“It was a frustrating match. France didn’t play at all, they defended with 11 players within 40 metres of their goal,” Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois told Belgian TV channel RTBF.
“They played on the counter-attack with (Kylian) Mbappe, who is very quick. That’s their right. They know when an opponent plays very deep, that’s where we have problems.
“The frustration is there because we didn’t lose to a team who are better than us, we lost to a team who play nothing, just defend.
“Against Uruguay (in the quarterfinals) they scored with a free-kick and a goalkeeping error. Today, a corner. It’s a shame for football that Belgium didn’t win today.”
France, the 1998 champions, will face either England or Croatia in Sunday’s final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, with Belgium taking on the losers in the third-place playoff.