Belgium Schools the Italians
Seems like the World's No 1-ranked team is number one, after all.
Italy -- world champs, once upon a time -- fell to football nouveau power, as Belgium laid a friendly 3-1 lesson on them.
Les Diables Rouges -- if you're a Walloon, that is; if you're Flemish, De Rode Duivels -- take these matches seriously, as the Italians now know.
The Azzurri thought they were in for a pleasant evening, as Antonio Candreva broke the Belgian defense early:
Someone gift those defenders an alarm clock, because it’s time to wake up.
And toss in a few to the Italian backs, as well, after this thrust capped by Jan Vertonghen:
At least one Belgian defender woke up.
Then something happened that would be as controversial as Diego Maradona's Hand of God moment if it had occurred in a major competition:
Even with replay, no one can tell whether or not that was intentional. It's merely in the books as another Kevin de Bruyne goal.
Belgium's coup de grace featured a few dance routines in front of the box, capped by Michy Batshuayi's finishing move:
The result was a standing ovation.