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Croatia vs Belgium: Twitter reacts as Belgium go out after goalless draw with Croatia

Croatia advanced to the round of 16 after a 0-0 tie and will face the winner of Group E in the next round of the FIFA World Cup.

Kevin De Bruyne in a file photo, Credits: Twitter
By K S Vignesh Bharadwaj | Dec 2, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Croatia advanced to the World Cup round of 16 at the expense of Belgium after playing out a goalless draw. On Matchday 3 of the FIFA World Cup, Croatia and Belgium faced off in Group F at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan. Croatia began with Livakovix in goal, and Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, and Sosa formed the defensive system. Modric, Brozovic, and Kovacic made up Zlatko Dalic’s three-man midfield. Kramaric, Livaja, and Perisic were their starting front three. Croatia enters the game after a 1-1 tie with Morocco and a 4-1 win over Canada and will be looking to finish the Group stage on a high note.

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Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez’s men entered the game following a humiliating 0-2 loss to Morocco, switching to a 3-4-2-1 formation with Courtois in goal. Back three: Castagne, Vertonghan, and Toby Alderweireld. Carrasco, Witsel, Dendoncker, and Meunier were the midfielders, with Trossard and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne playing behind Mertans. The Golden Generation has been inconsistent in their last five games, winning two and losing three, and will be looking for all three points against Croatia.

Croatia secure last 16 spot

Croatia started the game brightly, almost scoring after 10 seconds when Modric floats a ball forward to Perisic, who took a touch inside the box past Meunier before blasting a shot wide. Belgium then broke the Croatian defensive line on the right as Carrasco cut inside, only for Brozovic to defend. Gvardiol of Croatia then drove past the Belgium box and found Kovacic in space. He curled it, which Courtois stretched over the bar.

Belgium then gained a lot of momentum, thanks to De Bruyne’s perspicacious pass to Carrasco, who found the winger in stride. He fired a low, hard shot at goal, but it was blocked. Lukaku was having a nightmare game after missing nearly five chances, and things only got worse when Thorgan Hazard chipped a cross into the middle that Lovren failed to clear. Lukaku didn’t see the mistake coming and chested it, only for the forward to tickle it to the Croatian keeper. Croatia advanced to the round of 16 after a 0-0 tie and will face the winner of Group E in the next round.



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