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Video: Thibaut Courtois makes penalty save for Belgium against Canada

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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.

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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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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