Croatia Y Belgium will meet this Thursday in the third and final day of the Group F of the World Cup in Qatar 2022with some Croats who enjoy better options to advance to the crosses in a tournament in which they seem to be going from less to more, while the ‘Red Devils’ they will have to forget their doubts and settle the internal problems that shake their selection.
Commanded by a Luka modric who acts as the absolute leader of the group, as the player with the most caps, with 157, in the history of his team, Croatia It arrives reinforced to the key party of the group. After a somewhat hesitant start in Qatar, in a debut in which he could not go from 0-0 against Moroccothe Balkans knew how to recover in time to thrash forcefully, 4-1, and eliminate Canada.
The team trained by zlatko dalic they got rid of the complexes and the typical nervousness of this type of tournament with a very competitive second meeting that allowed them to continue with their dynamics in big championships. And it is that the ceiling of Croatia in the World Cup is very high, after reaching the final, and losing it, in Russia 2018. Surely, it will be the last opportunity in a World Cup for this ‘golden generation’
This becomes one more motivation not to abandon Qatar in the first phase and continue dreaming of winning their first World Cup.
For it, Croatia, leader with four points, depends on itself. Obviously, the victory over Belgium is useful, but also the draw. If they lose to the Belgians, they will have to expect Canada to beat Morocco and have a better goal difference compared to the Africans.
Dalic will have to decide whether to give continuity to a defensive block that has been almost insurmountable up to now, only one goal against, thanks to the strength of its central defenders Josko Gvardiol Y Dejan Lovren, a perfect mix between youth and seniority. a plugged in andrej kramaric with a double against Canada he would accompany ivan perisic Y Marko Livaja in attack this Thursday.
On the other hand, Belgium He lives a very different situation, he seems not to be taking full advantage of the last opportunity of his ‘golden’ generation, the protagonist due to an internal crisis in the dressing room. Everyone, even his DT, Roberto Martinezrecognized discrepancies and disagreements between the members of the squad, just at the worst moment.
And that noise affected, and a lot, the performance of some ‘Red Devils’ that have shown a level well below what was expected, without the electricity and verticality that have characterized them in recent years. The lack of rhythm Eden Hazarda Romelu Lukaku far from its one hundred percent and the downward versions of Axel Witsell Y Yannick Carrasco confirm that the Belgian team is far from its best moment and against the ropes, being able to fall in the group stage for the first time since 1998.
However, against Croatia they have their last chance to put aside the possible differences and focus only on winning their first ‘final’ to stay alive in the World Cup.
Eden Hazard He declared about the “complicated situation” that exists in the dressing room of the “Red Devils”.
We had a good talk and a lot of things were said, good and bad.
the balance of Belgiumwhich is third with three points, is from a victory, 1-0, in the premiere against Canadaand a painful and unexpected defeat, 0-2, against Morocco that complicates life in Qatar.
Still, they will still be in the tournament if they beat Croatia and even if they draw, although they will need a lopsided victory for Canada over Morocco. A defeat would condemn the ‘Red Devils’, with possible changes in the ‘eleven’, pending the situation of lukaku and perhaps with the leading role of young people like Ketelaere either Trossard.
DT: Zlatko Dalic
DT: Roberto Martinez
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
Stadium: Ahmad bin Ali
Another Group F match this Thursday, December 1.
Canada vs. Morocco
Stadium: Al Thumama
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. Central Mexico time
(With information from Europe Press)