Belgium coach Roberto Martinez praised his goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ performance in the round of 16 victory over Portugal, as the Real Madrid goalkeeper made several decisive interventions, and even dribbled the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I liked his performance and his dribbling,” the Spanish coach said in an interview with the Belgian network (RTBF). It’s World Cup level, if not more. He was chosen as the best goalkeeper in the World Cup (World Cup Russia).”
Courtois dribbled past Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who put pressure on the goalkeeper in the 41st minute of the match, and the result of the match was a negative tie.
The Belgian goalkeeper changed his direction and got rid of the Portuguese striker and passed a short pass to Tillmans, who gave the ball to Vertonghen so that he could send a long ball to Lukaku in the depth, ending the game with a powerful shot from Thorgan Hazard that slammed into the Portuguese net.
“This shows that he is confident in himself,” Martinez added of the Real Madrid goalkeeper.
It is noteworthy that Belgium will face Italy in the quarter-finals of the European Championship next Friday in Munich at 21:00 CET (19:00 GMT).