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Belgium vs. Portugal - Football Match Report

Belgium vs. Portugal - Football Match Report”

Influential Belgium centre back Vincent Kompany is to undergo scans to evaluate the extent of a groin injury he picked up Saturday night in a 0-0 draw with Portugal, amid fears he could be ruled out of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The 32-year-old Kompany, a key part of Belgium's defence, abruptly left the pitch in the 55th minute after appearing to hurt himself when lunging for the ball. He told me he felt discomfort and he knows his body well. "At that point it was the right time to come off", Martinez added.

He was forced off the pitch and had words with Belgium coach Roberto Martinez before disappearing down the tunnel for treatment.

For Belgium, Marouane Fellaini's shot was tipped over by goalkeeper Beto.

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The Portuguese boss, who will offer insight as a broadcast pundit during the tournament, believes reigning European champions Portugal can once again be contenders because of the overwhelming influence of star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Martinez is due to name his final 23-man squad for Russian Federation on June 4.

"I can not be fully satisfied because of Vincent Kompany's injury but apart from that it was the test we needed", Martinez said.

The next stop on the European champions' road to Russian Federation is a friendly match against Algeria, it's unclear whether or not the veteran will take part in that match, but it's certain he'll be in the starting line-up for the World Cup opener against Spain. But Tunisia (another of England and Belgium's World Cup opponents) had faced Portugal earlier this week and had posed a far greater threat than anything Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard could muster here.



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