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Simon Mignolet's blunder almost costs Belgium goal vs Netherlands

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Simon Mignolet really doesn't help himself sometimes, does he?

Having somewhat recovered some form to help save his Liverpool career, he has done his chances of displacing Thibaut Courtois no good in Wednesday night's meeting with the Netherlands.

With little pressure on him in the friendly, he had the opportunity to stake a claim for a starting spot in next week's qualifier against Estonia, but it seems the subs bench is calling him once again after a nightmarish first half.

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With just over 10 minutes on the clock, a looping ball over the top caught out two Belgian centre-backs, and in a rush to atone, one sent a weak header back towards the keeper on the second bounce.

However, it didn't quite make its way back into his arms, and Mignolet was forced to rush out in a bid to narrow the angle and put off the onrushing Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen.

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He even managed to collide with the striker, taking a swipe at the Dutchman's face, which was enough to put him off and allow his defender to sweep in and clear the ball away to safety.

And Dutch fans could be forgiven for thinking the Liverpool stopper has a vendetta against Janssen as just three minutes later he laid the striker out with a rogue elbow while trying to clear a cross into the box.

But while he didn't knock Janssen out, he did end his night as the Spurs man was forced off with concussion.

Things would go from bad to worse for Mignolet, too, as Davy Klassen put the Netherlands a goal up shortly before the break.

With Jeremine Lens making his way down the byline, Tottenham captain Jan Vertonghen hauled him to the ground to give away a penalty.

Klassen then stepped up and fired the ball straight down the middle, giving the Netherlands the lead.

From bad to worse for Mignolet. He'll be hoping the second half goes his way.

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