Belgium crash out of World Cup after goalless draw with Croatia

Croatia advance to the final 16 from Group F alongside Morocco after stalemate.

Belgium have crashed out of the World Cup following a 0-Zero draw with Croatia, marking a bitter finish for the nation’s so-called “Golden Generation” of stars.

Coach Roberto Martinez’s aspect, ranked the second finest on the earth by FIFA, failed to search out any fluency in Thursday’s conflict on the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium and their determined second-half makes an attempt to interrupt the impasse in the end got here to nothing.

Neither aspect had a shot on the right track in a dour first half and Belgium introduced on striker Romelu Lukaku on the break, however it was Croatia who sprang into life, with Marcelo Brozovic and Luka Modric drawing saves from Thibaut Courtois in fast succession.

Lukaku rattled the put up with a fierce shot from shut vary on the hour as Belgium pushed desperately for the objective that will ship them via and went on to waste a string of goalmouth alternatives because the clock ticked in direction of full time.

The stalemate left the Red Devils stranded in third place in Group F, with Croatia one spot above them and Morocco ending high of the pile following their 2-1 win over Canada.

The 2018 runners-up will face the winners of Group E – which could possibly be Spain, Japan or Costa Rica – on Monday.

Morocco, who’ve reached the knockout levels for the primary time since 1986, will play the runners-up from Group E, which additionally consists of 4 time champions Germany, the next day.

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