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Day four at the World Cup in Qatar. The Red Devils will face their first World Cup opponent tonight at 8 p.m.: Canada. Follow all the news leading up to the game here.


  1. 3:33 PM. Lukaku is training with the group, but no clarity yet for Morocco. A day after the difficult victory against Canada, national coach Roberto Martinez has some good news about our first striker.  In an exclusive conversation with Sporza and RTBF, Martinez said that Romelu Lukaku’s recovery is going in the right direction. “Romelu trained with the group today. It was a controlled training and we will now see how he reacts to it. For the time being I do not know whether he can start a match. We will know that in the next two days.” .
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  3. 7:30 am. Do Belgians honor strong statistics? There is a lot at stake for the Belgians, tonight against Canada. After the dubious performances of the past few months, the Devils had better start with a victory against the not-insurmountable Canadians, to immediately suppress the negative mood. There are also some impressive statistics at stake. The Belgians have not lost a single World Cup group match since the 1994 World Cup, when they lost against the Saudi Arabia of dribbling ass Al-Owairan.  Only one country does as well: the Netherlands, which went against the boat against … the Red Devils at the same 1994 World Cup. A feather in the cap of Philippe Albert. .
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  6. 7:19 pm. Only Lukaku is missing from the last training. 25 Red Devils appeared on the training field on Tuesday. As expected, Romelu Lukaku was the only one missing from the roll call. The national coach aims to give him his first playing minutes at this World Cup against Morocco or Croatia. .
  7. 15h05. Watch the press conference with Roberto Martinez:.

    Watch the press conference with Roberto Martinez:

  8. 15:02. Martinez announces a starting place for Eden Hazard. The main news of the press conference kept Roberto Martinez all the way to the end. When asked if it is a coincidence that Jan Vertonghen and not captain Eden Hazard is sent to the press conference, the national coach replied:  “There are a lot of media requests for Eden. That’s maybe the price you pay for being a Real Madrid player. The same goes for Thibaut Courtois and it was the same for Thomas Vermaelen back in the day.”  “So we have to divide the work. Eden will be our captain tomorrow and he will start the match.” .
  9. 15 hours . Martinez: “Eden will be our captain tomorrow and start the match”.

    Martinez: “Eden will be our captain tomorrow and start the match”

  10. 14h59. Eden Hazard will be our captain tomorrow and start the match. Robert Martinez.
  11. 14:57. Yesterday there was a clear statement from the federations and now we want to talk about football. Let the power of football speak. Robert Martinez.
  12. 14:54. Medically, 25 players are completely fit. Just not Lukaku. We are happy with the progress he is making, but we don’t know yet whether he will be completely fit for the second or third match. Robert Martinez.
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  14. 14h51. What about Hazard and Lukaku? What is the state of play for Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku?  “Medically, 25 players are completely fit. Only Lukaku is not. We are happy with the progress he is making, but we do not yet know whether he will be completely fit for the second or third match.” “Eden is our captain. The last two years have been difficult for him at his club, but with the national team his situation is completely different. It is very important to have him in our dressing room. With five substitutions, the situation has also changed, because it’s not just about the starting players anymore. Eden has talent and experience. Like everyone else, he has to fight for his place.” .
  15. 14h48. Roberto Martinez has a lot of respect for Belgium’s first opponent. “It’s no coincidence that Canada is at the World Cup. There’s something special about this generation and they’re a real team.”  “Canada has speed, likes to play the spaces and is competitive. They also have no pressure. Playing against a team that has nothing to lose is always difficult. We saw that in 2018 against Panama in the beginning. We have to deal with that again To hang out.” .
  16. 14:44. The national coach has learned from Egypt. The defeat against Egypt was not very reassuring. What lessons has Roberto Martinez learned from that defeat? “After Egypt, we analyzed the match. We got a lot of information from it. I think we learned as much from it as from three days of training. Normally we have a few weeks to prepare for a World Cup, now it was a few days. So this match has taught us something.” .
  17. 2:44 PM. It’s Roberto Martinez’s turn. We have not learned much about Jan Vertonghen’s playing chances for the match against Canada. Maybe we’ll hear more from Roberto Martinez. .
  18. 2:42 pm. Watch the press conference with Jan Vertonghen:.

    Watch the press conference with Jan Vertonghen:

  19. 2:41 p.m. I’m already sitting here almost afraid to say anything about the polemic. I want to be able to kick off tomorrow. That says enough, I think. Jan Vertonghen.
  20. 2:39 pm. Vertonghen on bracelet ban: “I’m afraid to say anything because I want to play tomorrow”.

    Vertonghen about bracelet ban: “I’m afraid to say something because I want to play tomorrow”

  21. 14:37. In Belgium, there are more doubts than ever about the chances of the Red Devils. How does the group deal with this?  “I do understand that the public has doubts. That is partly due to the results. A number of leading forces have also stopped, but they have also been partly replaced. A year ago I might have said something different, but now I see young players taking steps “There was a time when few young players were added, but that is now the case. I have confidence in this team. I think that we are no longer inferior to the team from then.” .
  22. 14h36. Canada has a good team. They have a lot of speed in the transition. That’s why the match against Egypt was a good wake-up call. Jan Vertonghen.

Source: Sporza

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