Belgium beat Russia 3-1 in their maiden Euro 2020 qualifying game but only did so after conceding a ridiculously unavoidable equaliser early on.
The Red Devils went ahead in the 14th minute, only to get pegged back two minutes later when Denis Cheryshev pounced on a dreadful piece of aimless play by Thibaut Courtois…
Courtois’ lapse season in microcosm, there.
Thankfully, the Real Madrid stopper was bailed out by Eden Hazard, who scored twice – the first a penalty on the stroke of half-time, the second a couple of minutes from full-time – to wrap up the victory.
Asked about the error after the game, Eden Hazard quipped that Courtois had probably been “watching too many videos of my dribbling” in the build-up…
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) 21 March 2019
Sooner or later, somebody is going to click that allowing certain goalkeepers to routinely attempt to muck in with the outfield boys is just a recipe for disaster.