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Video: Thibaut Courtois makes penalty save for Belgium against Canada
The 2022 FIFA World Cup continues to produce exciting moments as Belgium squared off against Canada for the second game from Group F.
The Red Devils did not start the game in the way they would have wanted, and were completely pegged back by the Canadian side.
Things got worse for them when Yannick Carrasco’s hand was struck inside the box during a Canadian corner.
A VAR review sent the decision against Belgium, and Alphonso Davies stepped up to take the penalty for Canada in the 15th minute.
Standing against him at 6’6″, Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wasn’t ready to take any prisoners. The Real Madrid ace predicted Davies’ spot kick correctly to his right side, pulling off a crucial save.
Great Save Thibaut Courtois. pic.twitter.com/W80UXqSdFd— Fast GøaIs (@i6astv) November 23, 2022
He was called into action minutes later again as Canada continued to attack. Courtesy of the Real Madrid star, though, the scoreline stayed 0-0.
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Opponent watch: Chelsea defender injured during international break, doubt for Real Madrid clash
In less than 20 days, Real Madrid will square off against Chelsea in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu. And ahead of the game, the Premier League club might have been dealt an injury setback.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea right-back Reece James has sustained an injury while away on national team duty with England and could now be a doubt for the match against Real Madrid.
James is a key member of the Chelsea squad but has had multiple injury problems in the recent past. Indeed, the 23-year-old has played just 12 Premier League matches this term, having had to deal with two knee injuries and a hamstring problem.
James played just five minutes for England during their 2-1 win over Italy earlier this week but has seemingly picked up some discomfort in his thigh during that game.
As a result, he was released from the national team camp earlier today and the young right-back is already on his way back to London.
The official report from the England national team indicated that the Chelsea ace had sustained a minor hamstring injury and was returning to his club as a precaution. However, Mundo Deportivo is stating that his availability for the game against Real Madrid is unclear at this point.
Los Blancos drew Chelsea for the quarter-finals and will host the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 12 before playing the second leg at Stamford Bridge a week later.