The Manchester City star went through the pain when the Red Devils crashed in the quarterfinals
Kevin De Bruyne has revealed that he played with torn ankle ligaments during the Euro 2020 exit from Belgium to Italy as the Azzurri emerged victorious in the quarter-finals in Munich.
Excellent finishes from the first half of Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne were enough for the men of Roberto Mancini to eliminate the world rankings in Allianz Arena.
A penalty with Romelu Lukaku at half-time kept Robert Martinez’s team close throughout, but Belgium fell short in their last chance to give their golden generation a much-coveted silverware – and now De Bruyne, a pre-match for an injury, confirming he was not completely fit, despite having offered for the Red Devils from the start.
What was said?
“For me personally, it was four or five strange weeks. But I especially want to thank the medical staff,” De Bruyne told UEFA.com.
“It was a miracle that I played today, because there was definitely damage to my ankle.” A tear in my ligaments. But I felt the responsibility to play for my country today. Too bad I could not do more. ‘
The Bruyne further pressed for the overall result and said he felt that Belgium had given everything in a defeat BBC Sport: “I think we tried everything to win that match
‘They scored a fantastic goal, but the first one was perhaps a mistake on our part.
‘They had more possession, and the ball did not go in for us, which is a pity. Being eliminated is always a disappointment. ”
Courtois admits loss ‘hits hard’
The goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, further expanded the defeat of his team and also told BBC Sport: “It hits hard. But we knew it was going to be a tough game. ‘
Referring to their own chances and Italy’s two finishes, in particular Barella’s impressive orchestrated solo finish, the striker further acknowledged that his team might have fared better and that they had finally achieved a worthy victory.
“We had two chances, but their goalkeeper saved well and I think we gave away the first goal a little too easily,” he added. “It could really go either way, but Italy deserves to win here.”
The bigger picture
De Bruyne’s injury – which he suffered against Portugal – may have been exacerbated by his actions against Italy in Germany, and with his Euro 2020 campaign coming to an end, he will probably return to Manchester City to wait. on further assessment of his condition.
Belgium will meanwhile be forced to reconsider their position after failing to turn their number one FIFA world rankings into a big honor, or at least another top-four spot after their third place finish in Russia 2018 .
Italy meanwhile advance to the semi-finals at Wembley, which is their furthest run in a major tournament since Euro 2012, where they will face Spain in the last nine years against the competition.