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Roberto Martinez takes the red color and misses the Nations League match against the Netherlands

Roberto Martinez takes the red color and misses the Nations League match against the Netherlands

A great picture at the end of the Nations League match between the Red Devils and Wales. National team coach Roberto Martinez received a red card. “A ridiculous red card,” said Thibaut Courtois. In any case, Thierry Henry will be on the bench against Holland on Sunday.

The Belgians led the match 2-1 after goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Michy Batshuayi and Kiefer Moore. Especially before the break, the Demons – especially De Bruyne – were very good, but after the break the engine stalled. After the Welsh draw, things got tense and so the final whistle was called.

To gain more time in the hole, Roberto Martinez – in his 75th international game – held the ball ostentatiously a little longer while Wales was allowed to throw the ball to launch an attack. And soon he got a red card from Ali Balbek. Martinez, who will not be on the bench on Sunday, went out to face the Netherlands. Then the Devils must beat the orange with three goals to become the group winners and advance to the Final Four again.

Assistant Thierry Henry will soon be on the bench in Amsterdam, and Anthony Barry will assist him on Sunday. It is still too early for Thomas Vermaelen, who is also an assistant, to take the ultimate responsibility.

“Maybe a yellow card, but it’s a red…”

“I would also like to know why I got the red card,” the national coach said afterwards. “I caught the ball and it was probably a yellow card, but it’s a red… I heard I have to treat the guys to dinner now, so I’ll do it then!”

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‘the party? He was one of my halves. Before the end of the first half we played very well and quickly. We also created the necessary chances, hit the post and scored two goals from open play. We were also good defensively. In the second half we pulled back a little bit, and it wasn’t a tactical thing. The pace was slower and there was less intent to go forward individually. This gave Wales chances and they scored too. What makes me happy is that we finished this match. We can learn from that towards the World Cup.

Axel Witsel responded to his coach’s exclusion: “Our preparations will not be different than usual, the coach is only there, but the adjustment during the match will be different.” “Fortunately, the group is mature enough, and I have no idea how to solve that. Henry as acting coach? Maybe I don’t know. I thought red being strict, by the way, was weird. If the players waste time, we get yellow.”

“That was a really ridiculous red card,” said Thibaut Courtois. “Okay, this is a bad game for the coach, but I think the referee pulled the wrong card. The other great thing was that at first he fired a penalty that wasn’t a penalty, but then we didn’t get the corner he awarded first.