Match Today: Belgium vs Croatia 01-12-2022 Qatar World Cup 2022
Croatia take on Belgium in a glittering encounter in the final round of Group F at the World Cup.
In a 4-1 victory over Canada, Croatia showed their superior quality after a lackluster opening performance. Thus, they pass if they win or draw. Defeat would leave them needing to eliminate Canada to beat Morocco, in which case goal difference would be required to separate Zlatko Dalic's side from the Atlas Lions. On the other hand, Belgium were disappointing in every aspect of their match against Morocco, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat.
However, they will qualify for the Round of 16 by defeating Croatia and top the group if Morocco also fails to win. Defeat would see them out. A draw would only suffice if Canada defeated Morocco. While both teams reached the semi-finals in 2018, Croatia are faring much better at the moment, both in form and morale. While they only need to equalize.
Belgium vs Croatia
Dalic's men are now unbeaten in eight matches, winning six of them. On the downside, they have lost three of their last five encounters against Belgium. Regarding the Red Devils, Kevin De Bruyne's infamous comment about them being "too big to be World Cup contenders" hit a different note after their dismal performance against Morocco.
Criticized even before kick-off for displaying a defeatist attitude, the timid Belgian's performance throughout their encounter did little to prove him wrong, with rumors of a heated post-match locker room altercation adding to their woes. Desperately failing to break Morocco's stubborn defense line, they were unable to maintain their strength and fell to Moroccan set-pieces to put their chances of qualification in great doubt. Croatia have won six of their last seven matches. Belgium have lost three of their last four matches. Belgium are winless in World Cup matches The last three Belgium have only scored two goals in their last four matches Croatia have lost only once in their last eighteen matches Croatia have won seven of their last nine World Cup matches
Croatia vs Belgium
This also brought to an end an impressive thirteen match unbeaten World Cup group stage match. Belgium have now lost three of their last four international matches, scoring just two goals in this match.
The Belgians' shy performance throughout their encounter did little to prove him wrong, with rumors of a heated post-match locker room brawl adding to their woes. Desperately failing to break Morocco's stubborn defensive line, they were unable to maintain their strength and fell to Moroccan set-pieces to put their chances of qualification in serious doubt. This also brought to an end an impressive thirteen match unbeaten World Cup group stage match. Belgium have now lost three of their last four international matches. When Luka Modric is at his best, Croatia can't be stopped. The midfield maestro put in another world-class performance in the game's finest, showing the way for Zlatko Dalic's men after an inauspicious start to the match against Canada.
Kramaric also proves his point after being questioned in the tournament opener, scoring twice when he could have found a third. For Belgium, several of its players performed poorly on Sunday evening. Most notably, Thibaut Courtois had a night to forget, after failing to learn his lesson against Morocco's free-kick trick, and conceding an almost identical goal after the first referee for offside. Kevin De Bruyne also had an uncharacteristically poor display, botching passes that a typical Kevin De Bruyne would pounce on. Amadou Onana collected an early booking and will therefore be forced to miss this match.