‘Bitter pill to swallow’: Roberto Martinez reflects on shock defeat to Morocco

Belgium followed up their poor display against Canada with an equally poor performance against Morocco in their second game of the World Cup. Unlike the first match, they were punished this time around, with the Atlas Lions winning 2-0 and deserving of the three points.

Speaking after the game, Roberto Martinez described the result as “A bitter pill to swallow”. The Spanish head coach went on to say “We struggled to keep our cool in the final third. We had some good moments, but few real chances”.

The Red Devils are now facing the very real prospect of not qualifying for the knock-out stages. They face Croatia, who are set to kick-off against Canada in the near future. It is likely that Belgium will need to take all three points against the 2018 World Cup finalists, as a draw may well have them relying on results elsewhere. For Morocco, avoiding defeat against Canada should be enough to see them through.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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