By 90Min
October 08, 2017

Kevin De Bruyne has bemoaned the "unacceptable" state of Bosnia-Herzegovina's pitch during Saturday's World Cup qualifier.

Belgium emerged as 4-3 winners in Sarajevo, adding another victory to a comfortable qualifying campaign.

But Manchester City midfielder De Bruyne expressed his concern at the condition of the surface, claiming he was worried about sustaining an injury.

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"I was worried I'd get injured," he said, quoted by Goal. "This was unacceptable. I don't understand how we could play on such a pitch.

"Last time I played on such a bad pitch was when I was a seven-year-old kid."

De Bruyne was not alone in his vehement criticism of the pitch. Manager Roberto Martinez also made clear his disappointment at the "impossible" conditions.

"The pitch in Sarajevo was below any acceptable level. It was impossible to play any tactics," Martinez said.


"Our team spirit won the game, not any tactics. Fellaini injury changed our play, we lost focus, but after that showed amazing character and never gave up. We scored four goals and could have scored 4 more."

Belgium did not escape Sarajevo entirely unscathed. Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini suffered a knee injury and was forced to withdraw.

Martinez's side had already secured their progression to the World Cup finals prior to the game, but Bosnia-Herzegovina were dealt a potentially terminal blow as they slipped to third behind Greece with one game remaining.

They travel to Estonia on Tuesday, while Greece host Gibraltar.

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