Kevin De Bruyne slams his own World Cup Man of the Match award

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Kevin De Bruyne says he “doesn’t know” why he won the Man of the Match award against Canada – claiming he must have been awarded the accolade because of his name. The confession was the latest bizarre moment from a World Cup like no other as Belgium somehow squeezed past their Group F opponents thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s first-half goal in Doha.

Belgium were largely under the cosh against the underdogs, who could not find their scoring boots as their World Cup barren run continues 36 years on from their last appearance.

Alphonso Davies saw an early penalty saved by Thibaut Courtois and the Real Madrid goalkeeper was forced into a number of notable stops to deny Canada from finding the net.

This was far from De Bruyne’s best performance as he struggled to find any form of chemistry with Belgium’s underwhelming frontline.

Nonetheless, he was named the Man of the Match after the contest – a decision he was happy to admit he did not understand.

He said after the victory: “I don’t think I played a great game. I don’t know why I have got the trophy. Maybe it’s because of the name.”

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