The Red Devils will play their first and also last practice match against Egypt on Friday 18 November (4 pm Belgian time) in their World Cup preparation in Kuwait.
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The Red Devils gather on Monday 14 November at the Proximus Basecamp in Tubize. The next day they fly to Kuwait. Immediately after the match in Kuwait, which will be played in the Jaber stadium in the capital, the selection will fly on to the base camp in Qatar. After all, the first group match against Canada follows five days later.
“This offers the opportunity to prepare for a major tournament in a specific way, with a focus on the special interpretation of our time. Playing against an African opponent in a country in the Middle East satisfies all facets of our preparation in this regard,” said national coach Roberto Martinez. Four years ago, a friendly match against Egypt was played in the run-up to the World Cup. In the King Baudouin Stadium, they won 3-0, after goals from Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Marouane Fellaini.
The Red Devils open their World Cup against Canada on Wednesday 23 November. Morocco is the second opponent on Sunday 27 November. In their last group match, the Belgians will compete against vice world champions Croatia on Thursday 1 December. The matches against Canada and Croatia will be played in the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium in Al Rayyan, the one against Morocco in the Al Thumama stadium in Doha. (belga)