Belgium beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-3 in Sarajevo, but either way they had secured their qualification for the World Cup finals before kick-off, and Kevin De Bruyne focused on the condition of the pitch talking to reporters after the match.
I was worried I’d get injured. This was unacceptable. I don’t understand how we could play on such a pitch. Last time I played on such a bad pitch was when I was a seven-year-old kid
the Manchester City midfielder said, looking in disbelief, unable to accept that a game at such a high level, a Word Cup qualifier, went on despite such pitiful pitch conditions, made even worse by the constant rain that kept falling in Sarajevo during the match.
The pitch was below any acceptable level! It was impossible to play any tactics. Our team spirit won the game, not any tactics. Fellaini injury changed our play, we lost focus, but after that, we showed amazing character and never gave up. We scored 4 goals and could have scored 4 more
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said, practically echoing De Bruyne’s thoughts on the pitch.
As for Marouane Fellaini, he had to be substituted in the first half, and it remains to be seen how serious his injury is.