KEVIN DE BRUYNE left baffled after being named Man of the Match after Belgium’s World Cup win over Canada.
Roberto Martinez’s side earned an undeserved 1-0 win on Wednesday night despite being dominated by their North American counterparts for most of the evening.
De Bruyne managed 48 touches, four crosses and four key passes throughout the game.
As a result, he was awarded the Man of the Match award immediately after the game.
However, the Manchester City playmaker did not agree with the decision to give him the honor as he criticized his own performance.
After accepting the award, he said, “I didn’t play a great game.
“I don’t know why I won, maybe because of my name!
“We didn’t play as a team, we didn’t find any solutions. We weren’t brave enough.”
Belgium meet Morocco on Sunday afternoon before completing the group stage against Croatia four days later.
And Red Devils head coach Martinez knows his side need to improve significantly if they are to be considered contenders to win the World Cup.
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He said: “It was the worst performance in a tournament that we have ever had. But was it the worst game? No, because we won the World Cup.
“It was such a difficult game and Canada were much better than us.
“We had to show another side of our game and I’m happy that we won through courage.
“Winning is more important than playing well, but we have to play better and grow.
“This tournament will see you develop and grow as the tournament progresses. Doing this by winning games is an incredible advantage.
“Today we didn’t win with our normal talent and quality on the ball, but you don’t win the World Cup if you don’t play the other side of the game.”
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