Goalkeeper Courtois happy that he remained calm after blunder at Belgium-Russia

Thibaut Courtois is not worried that on Thursday he introduced the equalizer to Belgium-Russia with a huge blunder. The keeper is especially happy that 'The Red Devils' started the European Championship qualification with a win.


Thibaut Courtois is not worried that on Thursday he introduced the equalizer to Belgium-Russia with a huge blunder. The keeper is especially happy that 'The Red Devils' started the European Championship qualification with a win.

The Russians came to Brussels after fifteen minutes when Courtois lingered too long after a replay ball, after which Denis Cheryshev was able to score. Belgium eventually won 3-1.

"I don't think I've made many mistakes in my career, so if you make one, you're obviously not happy and hope you win the race," said 26-year-old Courtois.

"I am satisfied with the victory and also with the game I played after my foul. I remained calm, I am happy with that. Afterwards I did not kick all the balls and the Hazard penalty also came after a ball mine. There is no problem. "

Courtois is going through a difficult period, as he has lost his base position at Real Madrid since the return of coach Zinedine Zidane. Keylor Navas is preferred in the Spanish capital.

Joy with captain Eden Hazard, who was responsible for the 2-1 and 3-1 for Belgium-Russia. (Photo: Pro Shots)

"This is sometimes the life of a goalkeeper"

However, Courtois is not worried and sees his blunder against Russia as an incident. "I wanted to fit Toby Alderweireld, but when that was no longer possible, I hesitated a little," he explained.

"The striker pushed me a bit. I was a bit out of balance and missed the ball. Too bad, but this is sometimes the life of a goalkeeper."

Belgium had taken the lead through a goal from Youri Tielemans and captain Eden Hazard ensured, after Courtois's error with two goals, that our southern neighbors started the European Championship qualification well.

Like many other teammates, Hazard was courteous to Courtois. "He has been the lifesaver for us so many times. This can happen. He may look at me a little too much, but he is too big and therefore he cannot dribble," the Chelsea attacker joked.

View the program, the results and the positions in the European Championship qualification

REF: https://www.nu.nl/voetbal/5804442/doelman-courtois-blij-dat-hij-kalm-bleef-na-blunder-bij-belgie-rusland.html