Croatia sealed Belgium’s sad farewell


Croatia, which could be Spain’s rival in the round of 16 of this World Cup (with the last day of group E remaining this Friday) after their 0-0 against Belgium, third in the last edition and bid a bitter farewell to Qatar 2022. They face the world runner-up , Croatia, and the third classified, Belgium. Spain

Belgium, who were a shadow of themselves against Morocco (when Roberto Martínez’s team lost 2-0), showed a face this time and started well, especially in the first 20 minutes. Kevin de Bruyne, unknown against Morocco, was more De Bruyne. Belgium, without Real Madrid player Eden Hazard (after his poor performance against the North Africans), came up short with a goal defended by Dominik Livakovic.

Eden Hazard’s place in attack was taken by Leandro Trossard, while Dries Mertens acted as a false nine and Batshuayi was left out. Yannick Carrasco and Leander Dendoncker returned after being substituted in the defeat against Morocco.

But from the 20th Croatia began to grow. The referee, Anthony Taylor, awarded a penalty for Atlético winger Yannick Carrasco to Andrej Kramaric. But VAR determined there was offside at the start of the game.

In an even, colorful match, Croatia squeezed in the second half and Thibaut Courtois, goalkeeper for Belgium and Real Madrid, was provincial for his team. So, the goalkeeper made great saves on shots from Mateo Kovacic, Borna Sosa and on two occasions Luka Modric (with Courtois at Real Madrid). This is a sure Courtois for himself.

But it was not enough for Belgium to defend itself. He needs to score to stay out of the World Cup. Robert Martínez brought on Romelu Lukaku after the break in place of Mertens. The Inter striker, coming off an injury, came on in the 81′ against Morocco. This Friday Lukaku changed the offensive panorama of the ‘red devils’.

So, in the 59th minute Lukaku smashed the ball against the post and in the 62′ he had another good chance with a header where the ball rose. The encounter took on drama. At 0-0 Croatia is in the round of 16 as second in the group as Morocco defeated Canada. But the Belgian’s goal would change everything. And Lukaku scored after an error by Lovren and Livvakovic, but the attacker didn’t finish well and the goalkeeper caught the ball.

Belgium is going to the World Cup. He attacked and attacked, but his goal did not come. The world runner-up, Croatia, continues.

Source: La Verdad


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