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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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Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report

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Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact. 

As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.

The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.

Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.

Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.

In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.

From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.

In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.

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