Former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made an awful mistake as he gifted a goal to Russia in Belgium’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday night.
Belgium had gone ahead through Youri Tielemans but the scores were levelled a couple of minutes later when Courtois took too long on the ball only to gift it straight to Denis Cheryshev, who passed into an empty net.
However, Chelsea star Eden Hazard helped spare the blushes of his former Chelsea teammate by scoring from the penalty spot in the 45th minute and scoring another to kill the game late on with a second strike to give Belgium a 3-1 win.
Hazard teased Courtois’ mistake after the game by telling the Real Madrid goalkeeper that he was trying to dribble like him.
“I think he’s looking at too many videos of me, he’s trying to dribble like me!” Hazard quipped to RTBF after the game.
“But it’s not the same thing as he’s a bit taller, it’s a little more complicated. It will spend a little time on the internet and make a buzz!”
Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen was a little more sympathetic with Courtois’ mistake, as he told Sky Sports: “I think Thibaut waited a bit too long and this happens in football. We all saw what happened.”
Thibaut Courtois entered the bad books of Chelsea fans after he forced a move away from Stamford Bridge to join Real Madrid during the summer.
Hazard insisted last year that he won’t force a move away from the club like Courtois did and that he still loves the club even though he might like a move away to Real Madrid.
“I don’t want that [drama],” he said. “I want what’s good for me, but I want what’s good for the club because the club has given me everything. I don’t want to say: ‘Yes, I am signing a new contract,’ and then I don’t end up signing.
“I could talk now [about a new contract]. If they come to me, then I will talk. I don’t want to say that I am not talking with the club or the owner. I am talking a lot with them.
“I am happy and I don’t need anything. It is not trophies. Of course, when you play, you want to win but I just want to enjoy things on the pitch, like I am at the moment.”