National Sports News
At 1986 World Cup, Belgium came undone against Maradona; now it faces Messi
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, July 4, 2014 2:29 PM EDT
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is old enough to remember Diego Maradona dumbfounding four defenders and a goalie to stop the nation's incredible run at the 1986 World Cup in the semifinals. What Maradona was to Argentina then, Lionel Messi is now.
Messi wants to bring those memories back.
Belgium had the tournament's standout goalie then, and it now has Thibaut Courtois, who has kept Messi scoreless the last seven times they faced each other in Spain.
Assessing the 22-year-old goalie, Wilmots says that "Thibaut has done extraordinary things, certainly for his age." He is unbeaten for Belgium.