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 Romelu Lukaku missed a string of late chances as Belgium crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage after a 0 0 draw with Croatia on Thursday which sent the 2018 runners up into the knockout phase Roberto Martinez announced after the game he was stepping down as Belgium coach after a six year spell in charge Croatia had a penalty award controversially cancelled by VAR early in a largely uneventful first half The introduction of Lukaku at the interval changed the game but he was guilty of three dreadful misses as Zlatko Dalic s side rode their luck to hold on Croatia progressed as runners up in Group F behind winners Morocco who beat Canada 2 1 to also qualify for the last 16 The Croatians will face the winners of Group E containing Spain Germany Japan and Costa Rica for a quarter final place We had some chances against us but it didn t change our mindset said coach Dalic We were lucky they didn t take their chances Belgium the world s second ranked side saw their run of reaching at least the quarter finals at four straight major tournaments come to an abrupt end Martinez s men managed just one goal in the tournament in a fortunate opening 1 0 win over Canada It may have been the final chance for several of their ageing stars to win a major title Today if we would ve gone through I think we would ve seen the real Belgium and could ve been very competitive in the next rounds said Martinez whose contract was due to run out after the World Cup Martinez dropped captain Eden Hazard to the bench as one of four changes which also saw Leandro Trossard and Dries Mertens start for the first time in Qatar The build up to the match had been dominated by rumours of an altercation between senior Belgian players involving Eden Hazard which Martinez described as fake news Croatia almost took the lead inside the first 10 seconds as the ball was played forward to Ivan Perisic after kick off and the Tottenham man cut inside and drilled a shot just wide of the far post The likelihood of Belgium needing to win was increased when Morocco scored an early goal across Doha Yannick Carrasco had a chance to open the scoring but his shot was blocked Penalty overturned Mertens curled over after a trademark Kevin De Bruyne run and pass before Croatia were awarded a penalty seconds later when Carrasco tripped Andrej Kramaric in the box But the decision was overturned following a lengthy VAR check which detected that a tiny fraction of Dejan Lovren s shoulder was offside Desperate for the goal which would have sent them through after a first half in which neither side mustered a shot on target Martinez sent on Lukaku Belgium s record scorer for Mertens at half time They immediately carried more threat with Lukaku who struggled with injury in the lead up to the tournament heading straight at Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic Thibaut Courtois was then called into action for the first time stretching to tip over Mateo Kovacic s curling effort as the game opened up That also suited the Croatian attackers though and Courtois had to twice get down to keep out low shots from Marcelo Brozovic and Luka Modric Belgium should have taken the lead on the hour mark Carrasco almost bundled the ball in but was denied by Livakovic before Lukaku contrived to hit
Belgium crash out of World Cup after Croatia draw

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku missed a string of late chances as Belgium crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage after a 0-0 draw with Croatia on Thursday which sent the 2018 runners-up into the knockout phase.

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Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez announced after the game he was stepping down as Belgium coach after a six-year spell in charge.

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Croatia had a penalty award controversially cancelled by VAR early in a largely uneventful first half.

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Zlatko Dalic

The introduction of Lukaku at the interval changed the game, but he was guilty of three dreadful misses as Zlatko Dalic’s side rode their luck to hold on.

Croatia progressed as runners-up in Group F behind winners Morocco who beat Canada 2-1 to also qualify for the last 16.

Costa Rica

The Croatians will face the winners of Group E, containing Spain, Germany, Japan and Costa Rica, for a quarter-final place.

“We had some chances against us but it didn’t change our mindset,” said coach Dalic.

“We were lucky they didn’t take their chances.


Belgium, the world’s second-ranked side, saw their run of reaching at least the quarter-finals at four straight major tournaments come to an abrupt end.

Martinez’s men managed just one goal in the tournament in a fortunate opening 1-0 win over Canada.

It may have been the final chance for several of their ageing stars to win a major title.

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“Today, if we would’ve gone through I think we would’ve seen the real Belgium and could’ve been very competitive in the next rounds,” said Martinez, whose contract was due to run out after the World Cup.

Eden Hazard

Martinez dropped captain Eden Hazard to the bench as one of four changes which also saw Leandro Trossard and Dries Mertens start for the first time in Qatar.

Eden Hazard

The build-up to the match had been dominated by rumours of an altercation between senior Belgian players, involving Eden Hazard, which Martinez described as “fake news”.

Ivan Perisic

Croatia almost took the lead inside the first 10 seconds, as the ball was played forward to Ivan Perisic after kick-off and the Tottenham man cut inside and drilled a shot just wide of the far post.

Yannick Carrasco

The likelihood of Belgium needing to win was increased when Morocco scored an early goal across Doha. Yannick Carrasco had a chance to open the scoring but his shot was blocked.

Penalty overturned

Kevin De Bruyne

Mertens curled over after a trademark Kevin De Bruyne run and pass, before Croatia were awarded a penalty seconds later when Carrasco tripped Andrej Kramaric in the box.

Dejan Lovren

But the decision was overturned following a lengthy VAR check which detected that a tiny fraction of Dejan Lovren’s shoulder was offside.

Desperate for the goal which would have sent them through after a first half in which neither side mustered a shot on target, Martinez sent on Lukaku, Belgium’s record scorer, for Mertens at half-time.

Dominik Livakovic

They immediately carried more threat, with Lukaku, who struggled with injury in the lead-up to the tournament, heading straight at Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois was then called into action for the first time, stretching to tip over Mateo Kovacic’s curling effort as the game opened up.

Marcelo Brozovic and Luka Modric

That also suited the Croatian attackers though and Courtois had to twice get down to keep out low shots from Marcelo Brozovic and Luka Modric.

Belgium should have taken the lead on the hour mark.

Carrasco almost bundled the ball in but was denied by Livakovic, before Lukaku contrived to hit

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