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Soccer World Cup warm-up defeat a wake up call for Belgium 2022

Soccer World Cup : Coach Roberto Martinez said Belgium’s defeat by Egypt in Friday’s World Cup warm-up international was a wake-up call ahead of the tournament.

Belgium, second in the FIFA rankings and semi-finalists at the previous World Cup, looked flat and out of form as they were beaten 2-1 in Kuwait City by a Mohamed Salah-inspired Egypt, who are not in the World Cup. were going.

“Mentally we were not ready for this match. We weren’t good in possession, there was little pace, no offensive balance, we rarely got to the second ball,” Martinez said as Belgium prepared for their Group F opener against Canada in Qatar. Headed to our base at K Silva Beach. Wednesday.

“Egypt was just better than us. It was like a lot of our guys just didn’t want to get hurt, whereas you saw with Egypt they absolutely wanted to win this match.

But the Belgian coach tried to play down any potential panic among supporters.

“This group has been together for six years, it’s not like there’s nothing left all of a sudden. So we have to look at this match mainly as a wake-up call. This match was also useful in giving some players some much-needed minutes. In that sense, it was a real practice match, from which you can learn a lot.

“Now it’s about getting everyone ready. If we don’t give our best, we can’t hope to win the World Cup. Let that be the lesson.”

The World Cup is being seen as the last chance for Belgium’s so-called golden generation to win a major title. They topped the FIFA rankings for four consecutive years but slipped to second place behind Brazil.

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