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19 Nov 2018, 04:48 IST
Thibaut Courtois - cropped
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Thibaut Courtois blamed overconfidence for the bewildering 5-2 capitulation to Switzerland that price Belgium a spot within the Nations League Finals.

Roberto Martinez’s males have been cruising in the direction of the purpose required to high Group 2 in League A after Thorgan Hazard’s brace put them in management in Lucerne.

Switzerland, left needing a two-goal victory to advance, conjured a exceptional response to guide 3-2 at half-time, earlier than Nico Elvedi and hat-trick hero Haris Seferovic accomplished the unthinkable after the interval.

Courtois was powerless to cease the onslaught and recognized a untimely sense of safety as contributing to the Purple Devils’ downfall.

“We began nicely, took the early lead and doubled it additionally. Then we began to lose duels and gave away a silly penalty,” Courtois mentioned of the Nacer Chadli foul that handed Switzerland a lifeline.

“All of the sudden the Swiss obtained hope for extra. I feel after our 2-Zero lead the sensation went into our group that it couldn’t go flawed.

“However this can be a high-level aggressive match and hopefully not reaching the ultimate 4 will train us a lesson for the long run.”

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier agreed together with his team-mate’s evaluation, describing Belgium’s efficiency because the worst of his five-year worldwide profession.

“That is greater than an infinite disappointment,” the wing-back mentioned. “After the 2-Zero lead we had all the things in our personal fingers. It was an ideal recreation for us.

“We may have scored much more. However then they scored three out of three probabilities, it was actually unbelievable.

“It was simply not sufficient from our facet. I feel we simply thought we reached the ultimate 4 already. Tonight was the worst match with the Purple Devils in my profession.”

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