Kevin De Bruyne frustrated with Batshuayi for not being Erling Haaland

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Manchester City and Belgium star Kevin De Bruyne was “frustrated” with his international team-mate Michy Batshuayi despite the former Chelsea man scoring the only goal of the game as Roberto Martinez’s side defeated Canada 1-0 to begin their World Cup campaign. The striker started in the absence of an injured Romelu Lukaku, but De Bruyne has been told he was missing the presence of City co-star Erling Haaland.

Former Lioness Alex Scott described how De Bruyne was annoyed by the poor movement of Batshuayi thoughtout the game on Wednesday evening. “You could actually see throughout the game sometimes Kevin De Bruyne actually getting frustrated,” Scott told the BBC.

“Because Kevin De Bruyne is trying to pick out certain passes and his movement was not in sync with Kevin De Bruyne. For him to finish, that’s going to be one of the hardest ones he had today.”

Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand claimed that Batshuayi, who now plays in Turkey for Fenerbache, has “shut everybody up” with his goal after he gained critics during his time in England. “He’ll be delighted,” Ferdinand added. “And as goalscorer he’s gone there and got his goal, that’s what he’s there to do.

“He capitalises on the high defending and once he gets in there it’s a fabulous finish. My Whatsapp groups were going off saying how terrible he is and he’s shut everybody up with one moment of class. Fantastic finish.”

Batshuayi latched onto a long ball from Toby Alderweireld just before half-time before taking a shot on first-time which flew into the back of the net, though he did squander a good chance in the second half when De Bruyne slid a ball through the striker but he waited too long and his eventual effort was blocked.

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Canada proved difficult opposition for Belgium in their opening game, and could have gone behind in the first half but Thibaut Courtois saved Alphonso Davies’ penalty.

The goalkeeper’s heroics drew praise from former Belgium captain Vincent Kompany at full-time. “You can see the players are happy with the win but that was a difficult game and you rely on some players,” the ex-Manchester City man said. “Courtois, I see in a couple of situations just remain calm, composed, catches the ball and takes his time releasing it. They still rely on these players but it wasn’t their best performance.

“He’s got a couple of elements, he’s got volleyball background which means for his size he gets really quickly on the ground, and he’s just calm. The biggest thing you can wish for from your goalkeeper is just someone that’s calm, someone who comes out and collects the ball, and just takes off the pressure. He feels the momentum of the game so well, important player for us.”

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