Thibaut Courtois Made A Huge Mistake For Belgium Against Russia
Thibaut Courtois' dream move for Real Madrid hasn't played out as he would have wanted in his first season back in Spain and his troubles continued on Thursday night with a mistake for Belgium in their Euro 2020 qualifier.
Last summer Thibaut Courtois helped Belgium to third place in the World Cup, following an impressive win against Brazil in the quarter final, and earned himself a place in the competition's Team of the Tournament.
He also earned the Golden Glove award for the best keeper at the finals in Russia and was on the crest of a wave as he earned a move to Real Madrid.
His first season back in the Spanish capital, after a spell on loan with Atletico Madrid ended in 2014, hasn't gone too well and his form has been questioned as Los Blancos have failed in all competitions this season.
On Thursday night Courtois would have been hoping for some respite as he teamed up with his national teammates as Belgium kicked off their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020.
However that wasn't the case for him as he made a huge error as Russia made it 1-1:
Youri Tielemans, currently on loan at Leicester City, had given the World Cup bronze medalists a lead after 14 minutes but just two minutes late the Real keeper made the error.
He was bailed out by his former Chelsea teammate though as Eden Hazard scored a 45th minute penalty and then sealed the three points with an 88th minute strike.
Courtois only faced one other shot on target in the game so he'll be grateful for the goals at the other end.
Belgium's win was one of three in Group I's opening fixtures with Cyprus beating San Marino 5-0 and Scotland succumbing to a surprise 3-0 loss against Kazakhstan.
Roberto Martinez's side next face Cyprus on Saturday. The top two sides in the group qualify the tournament that will be held across Europe, with the semi finals and final held at Wembley.