Croatia reach World Cup last 16 as Belgium's golden generation stay trophy-less

Posted 1 month ago 01 Dec 2022 by Emmanuel

DOHA, Qatar -- Belgium had to win to make it to the last 16, and with the qualification on the line, Roberto Martinez, the Belgium head coach, made some big calls in his starting lineup. He dropped captain Eden Hazard and chose not to start Romelu Lukaku.

For Croatia, a draw was enough so it was about managing the game in the best way. They thought they had a penalty before VAR intervened for an offside and only conceded one chance to their opponents in the first half.

Martinez sent Lukaku on at half-time with the mission to change the game and qualify his team. He could and should have done it with two big chances missed. This was not Lukaku's World Cup or Belgium's.

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