Morocco defeated Belgium 2-0 in a Group F game at the Al Thumama Stadium, leaving Kevin de Bruyne and co in peril of a group-stage exit.
Courtois was at fault for the first goal of the game. Morocco captain Romain Saiss gave his team the lead with a barely noticeable deflection off his hip after a free kick from Abdelhamid Sabiri in the 73rd minute that got under the body of the goalkeeper.
In extra-time, Zakaria Aboukhlal took a pass from Hakim Ziyech and put it into the roof of the net. Morocco’s players kneeled and pressed their heads to the ground in prayer, then leapt up in celebration. Pulling himself up from the ground, Courtois just shook his head.
The goalkeeper, one of the best from the current lot, was frustrated. Going back to the locker room after the game, he banged the wall of the dugout.
Belgium are ranked second behind Brazil. They came to the Morocco game after winning their last seven group matches in the World Cup.
Their playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, in a media interview before the game, said Belgium doesn’t stand a chance this year. They’re too old, he added.
Morocco have only ever been past the group stage once at a World Cup, in 1986. And things were in turmoil ahead of the tournament after former coach Vahid Halilhodzic was fired and Regragui was brought in at the end of August, less than three months before the World Cup. Regragui had only three friendlies to make his mark on the team before facing Croatia at the World Cup.