FIFA World Cup 2022 Match Report: The Belgian team finished third in the 2018 World Cup, but this time got eliminated in the group stage itself.
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Belgium, the No. 2 team in the world and full of legends of European football Qatar World Cup Had to look for a way out of the very first round. In their last group match against Croatia, they needed a win at any cost, but despite getting many chances, the Belgian team failed to capitalize on them. The match ended in a 0-0 draw and Croatia advanced to the next round with 5 points. At the same time, Morocco, who surprised Belgium in their last match, beat Canada 2-1 and secured the first place in the group and reached the knockouts.
Croatia, which was the runner-up in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, needed only one point to reach the next round. She created many chances in the first half but could not capitalize on them. At the same time, Belgium, the third number team of the last World Cup, had many big and easy chances in the second half. In particular, the team’s star striker Romelu Lukaku came close to the goal many times, but on those occasions his finishing let him down. Due to this, Belgium lost the opportunities that came to hand and also lost the knockout ticket.
Morocco’s fast start
Both the Group F matches took place simultaneously on the night of Thursday 1st December. On one hand, Croatia-Belgium kept fighting for the goal, while on the other hand, Morocco made their intentions clear by scoring a goal in the fourth minute against Canada. For that, left winger Hakim Jiych took the lead with a goal. Ziyech played a key role in the team’s historic victory by creating several chances against Belgium. This time he himself opened the account of the Golkar team.
Knockout ticket after 36 years
Soon Morocco also scored the second goal and strengthened its lead. In the 23rd minute of the first half, Youssef Un-Nesri converted Achraf Hakimi’s pass and it largely ensured the team’s victory as their defense looked strong from the start. However, in the 40th minute, his defender Nayef Aguerde gave Canada a chance to come back with an own goal, but the African team ultimately thwarted all of Canada’s efforts until the last minute of the match and won the match 2–1. With a total of 6 points, he finished first in the group and made it to the knockout stage for the first time since 1986.