Jan Vertonghen was critical of Belgium’s performance after a surprising 2-0 loss to Morocco, citing that he “better not talk”.
The Red Devils would have become the second team to take their place in the Round of 16 with a win, but they fell short of their best moments as they failed to create opportunities before succumbing to two late goals.
Considered the last chance for glory for Belgium’s golden generation, Roberto Martinez’s side have lost seven of their last 19 matches in all competitions (W9, D3). ).
Although Vertonghen believes Belgium were strong for most of the match, he did not shy away from expressing his disappointment at how the opening goal was conceded.
A near post free-kick from Abdelhamid Sabiri eluded Thibault Courtois in a replica first-half set piece where the Belgians were saved offside against Romain Saissa.
“We haven’t created much. I think we were good overall, we didn’t give much, we just scored the same goal twice,” he told Sporza.
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“Twice the resumption of the game on the first post. This ball must never go inside. We were lucky the first time, but not the second time.
“There are a lot of things going on in my head that I’d rather not talk about, or at least not talk about. [the dressing] numbers.
“It’s very frustrating. The first game wasn’t very good and we got away with it. Not today. I don’t think we created any chances.”
A loss to Croatia in Thursday’s Group F final will result in an early exit from the tournament, but Vertonghen believes his team still has the strength to progress.
“I had a feeling that we are in a good position. We didn’t get into trouble. They have a lot of quality in the front. We, too, but with them it turned out more, ”he added.
“After the first match, we thought that it would only get better. We were hoping to get to the next round today.
“Now we have a difficult final game in which everything will be at stake. There is definitely quality in the group.”