Divock Origi assesses Belgium's performance against Italy; looks ahead to Ireland clash

Belgium's Romelu Lukaku is substituted for Divock Origi

Origi was a second-half substitute in Belgium's defeat to Italy.

Belgium's Divock Origi heads at goal

Liverpool striker Divock Origi has said that Belgium under performed in their opening game against Italy as they lost their Euro 2016 opener 2-0 in Lyon on Monday night.

Origi was introduced as a second-half substitute for the Belgians as they went in search of an equaliser following Emanuele Giaccherini's first-half strike.

Italy's Graziano Pelle celebrates after scoring their second goal with team mates and Italy head coach Antonio Conte

Belgium looked more of a threat with his introduction although Origi probably should have done better with a couple of headed chances that came his way before Graziano Pelle volleyed home in stoppage time to ensure Italy went top of Group E after one game.

Origi told reporters after the match, as reported by liverpoolfc.com: “I think we just under-performed.

“In football that can happen but in a tournament you can’t have too many bad days because then you can’t go through. Now we have to be ready for the next game.”

It was an alarming performance from the Belgians because despite so much talent they were unable to break Italy down and seemed to lack a degree of cohesion that was evident from the Italians.

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan scores their first goal

Next up for Belgium they face the Republic of Ireland in Bordeaux in Friday - a side that will take great heart from their performance against Sweden where they drew 1-1 - although Ireland will feel they should have taken all three points from their opener.

Origi added: “It’s going to be an important game for us. We have to be ready. After the loss against Italy we’re obviously disappointed but we know that Ireland are a good team and we’ll have to be at 100 per cent to beat them, that’s for sure.”

Given the nature of the tournament, it might not be a must-win, but it is certainly a must not lose for the Belgian side. However another performance like the one served up in Lyon last night could spell trouble for them, especially given the way Ireland acquitted themselves against Sweden.

Belgium's Divock Origi looks dejected after a missed chance

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