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Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois on Panama save: Messi taught me to keep legs closed!

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is adamant he has learned his lesson after being humiliated by Barcelona star Leo Messi last season.

Courtois made a crucial save in Belgium's World Cup win over Panama with the Rode Duivels 1-0 ahead last night.

Afterwards, he laughed: "From Lionel Messi I have learned to keep my legs closed!

"The supporters think that a match against Panama should not be difficult, but this is the World Cup. They are at the World Cup because they deserve it.

"In the first half we were perhaps a bit too structured and we found too little the free man.

"We played well after that goal."

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