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‘This hits hard’ – Courtois slams Lukaku, De Bruyne others as Italy bury Belgium

Real Madrid and Belgium goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has criticized his teammates, including superstars Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku in the aftermath of their Euro 2020 quarter-final 2-1 defeat to Italy.

Lamenting the loss which meant Belgium’s wait for a maiden international trophy continues, Courtois said his teammates gave Italy their first goal too easily.

The former Chelsea no 1 however conceded that Roberto Martinez’s men had just two opportunities during the encounter hence Italy deserved the big win in Munich.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy defeated Belgium at Allianz Arena to qualify for the last-4, thanks to two first half strikes from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne, with Lukaku pulling one back from the spot just before the interval.

Both sides were evenly balanced in the second period as Italy held on to book a semifinal clash against Spain.

“This hits hard, but we knew it was going to be a tough game,” Courtois said at his post-match press conference after the game.

“We had two opportunities, but their keeper made a good save and I think we gave the first goal away a bit too easily.

“It really could have gone either way, but Italy deserved to win here.”

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