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Thibaut Courtois Attempts To Explain Away Jordan Pickford Jibe

Thibaut Courtois Attempts To Explain Away Jordan Pickford Jibe

Only minutes after playing a crucial role in Belgium's 2-1 defeat of Brazil in this evening's second World Cup quarter-final, Thibaut Courtois was keen to rectify a popular misunderstanding.

In the wake of Belgium's group-stage defeat of England, the Chelsea 'keeper was reported to have criticised England's #1, Jordan Pickford. Highlighting that he would have simply caught Adnan Januzaj's match-winning strike, the comments were met with mild bemusement.

Speaking to the BBC after Belgium's memorable win this evening, Courtois took a moment to clarify what he intended to say when talking about Pickford's attempted save:

I want to clarify something about Jordan. I would never mock the height of a goalkeeper, he had a great year, I said because he got a touch I maybe would have saved it because I'm a little bit taller.

Perhaps not quite what you would call an apology, it is nevertheless refreshing that Courtois took the time to clarify his remarks after such a momentous victory.

Leading Brazil for most of this evening's quarter-final clash, with the score set at 2-1 in Belgium's favour, Courtois was required to make a stunning save late on to deny Neymar a certain equaliser.

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Belgium will now go on to play France in the World Cup semi-final.

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