Belgium were outclassed, admits Courtois

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Marc Wilmots' side were soundly beaten in Lyon, as goals from Emmanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle condemned them to a 2-0 defeat, much to the Chelsea star's chagrin

Thibaut Courtois admits that Belgium were outclassed in their 2-0 defeat to Italy in Lyon on Monday.

Marc Wilmots' side were regarded as one of the pre-tournament favourites in France, but sit bottom of Group E after goals from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle handed Italy all three points.

Courtois was unimpressed with his side's display, and has called on his team-mates to improve ahead of Saturday's clash with the Republic of Ireland, who drew 1-1 with Sweden on Monday.

"We were outclassed on all fronts," said Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois in quotes reported by Sportwereld. "Tactically, technically and organisationally we came up short. 

"We made the same mistakes as in the friendly games. For the first we did not follow our man. 

"This is a big disappointment, because the first match is very important. We could have done a great thing after the draw in the other match. 

"The next two games we should be winning. We have to play better."