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  • Writer's pictureBruno Asoka

Red Devil's point not enough as they bow out

Belgium have been knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage as Croatia progressed at their expense with a goalless draw at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Qatar.

With just one victory and one goal in three games, Belgium has had a dreadful tournament.

Even though they were aware that a win was required to advance to the round of 16, they put up another lackluster performance against Croatia.

They [Belgium] were fortunate to survive a penalty award, with VAR eventually advising ref Anthony Taylor to check an extremely tight offside call at the pitchside monitor after Carrasco had caught Andrej Kramaric. The shirt sleeve of Dejan Lovren was judged to be millimetres ahead of Jan Vertonghen's.

Substitute Romelu Lukaku had multiple opportunities to score in the second half, but he was unable to do so, dooming his nation.

In an effort to recover from an injury, Lukaku hit the post from in front of goal, missed the target with a well-placed shot, and took too long to react when the ball struck him in the six-yard box in stoppage time.

Croatia will need to improve considerably themselves if they are to replicate their run to the final in Russia.

2018 finalists Croatia earned the necessary point to advance from Group F as runners-up, while Morocco claimed the top spot after defeating Canada 2-1.

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