Belgium: Post-match reactions as Belgium-Portugal ends goalless

The managers of the Belgian and Portuguese national football teams, Roberto Martinez and Fernando Santos, gave press conferences following the friendly match between the nations in Brussels, on Saturday. Martinez sounded happy about how Belgium had performed, even though the match concluded 0-0. He said, «We always kept a really good focus on getting through that period where Portugal had two... Еще or three moments that they created a good threat... I was very happy to see that side.» The Belgian manager also commented on the injury sustained by star defender Vincent Kompany during the match. He said, «You could feel that when he came off we were all very much worried. And especially now that it is so close to the final squad.» Santos praised his squad's reaction to a lacklustre first 15 minutes against one of the competitions dark horses. «I would say that if we take out the first minutes of the game we would have had a very nice game,» he summarised. With star player Ronaldo rested, Santos hoped — much like in Euro 2016 — other players would stake a claim for selection. «Remember that when we were European champions we had players that played differently so we will see, we still have time to decide.» The tournament's dark horses Belgium are drawn in Group G against England, Panama and Tunisia. European champions Portugal — in Group B — will start their campaign against Spain, before playing Morocco and Iran. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018, with a total of 64 matches set to be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities across Russia.

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