Kevin De Bruyne snub interviewer after shock Belgium defeat

Kevin de Bruyne not in a talkative mood after Belgium’s shock 1-0 defeat to Slovakia as he snubbed a post-match interview.

Belgium, ranked third in the world, were unable to overcome 48th-ranked Slovakia in their Euro 2024 opener in a dramatic meeting in Frankfurt.

De Bruyne’s side saw two goals ruled out by VAR as they failed to convert any of their 16 shots into goals.

Despite boasting the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Leandro Trossard and Jeremy Doku in their side, they left the first game of the tournament empty-handed.

They now have it all to do as they gear up for their other group fixtures against Romania and Ukraine – games in which they must get a result if they are to make it through to the knockout stages.

But while the team will surely dust themselves off for those matches over the next few days, the disappointment was still clearly very fresh for De Bruyne straight after the game.

In a video shared by Hayters TV, the Manchester City midfielder spends a few minutes answering questions in Dutch, looking evidently frustrated with the result.

He then moves on to spend some time speaking to French interviewer, responding to some more questions.

But as De Bruyne finishes that exchange, he is then asked by another interviewer if he will answer a question in English.

The midfielder gives a disapproving look to the interviewer before replying with a curt ‘no’ under his breath and raising his eyebrow.

He then swiftly turns to make his exit.

Before his abrupt departure, De Bruyne explained that he felt it had been crucial errors and the team’s failure to put away their chances that had ultimately cost them the points.

“It’s a shame,” he said. “We played well for the first 20 minutes and then we made a mistake that was punished.

“Then it took us a while to get back into the game. In the second half we improved.

“We would have deserved to win, we arrived, there were two goals disallowed, but we couldn’t score and that’s football.”

Whilst expectations for Belgium at the tournament have been moderate, few would have predicted that they would have been the victims of the first major shock result given their advantage on paper over Slovakia.

Belgium have made it to the quarter-finals of the last two Euros and a failure for them to make it out of the groups would constitute a great shock indeed.

 

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