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(Subedited by Riley Finch)

Belgium will need all three points in order to qualify for the last 16 as they take on Group leaders and the runners-up for the previous World Cup Croatia this Thursday in the final game of group F.

Both sides have produced stuttering starts to their World Cup campaign with either side potentially facing elimination when they face off at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Qatar.

League leaders Croatia produced an emphatic 4-1 win against Canada, knocking them out of the competition, while Belgium suffered a shock defeat 2-0 to Morocco.

Eyes from both the Belgium and Croatian camps will be fixed on Morocco’s game against Canada, Morocco are level on points with Croatia (4) with Belgium trailing by one point (3).

Zlatko Dalic’s squad needs to avoid defeat against The Red Devils to ensure qualification, they are at the top of the group only on a plus one goall difference.

Croatia can still go through even if they lose the game or produce draw as long as Morocco loses to Canada.

Croatia expected to put out the same formidable line-up which run riot against Canada, Andrej Kramaric especially was in great form against Canada scoring twice during the match.

Another player to watch is Luka Modric, who is regarded as the best Croatian footballer and one of the best midfielders of all time.

The Belgian squad needs to identify players who can destroy their hopes of entering the last 16.

Due to that, Roberto Martinez has no choice but to win if they want to continue competing in the World Cup.

As for that, Romelu Lukaku might be the primary weapon in tomorrow’s competition, although Michy Batshuayi still seems to be the most likely candidate who deserves to be in the forward position for the Belgian squad.

Croatia’s possible lineup: Livakovic, Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Kramaric, Livaja, Perisic

Belgium’s possible lineup: Courtois, Castagne, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Carrasco, De Bruyne, E.Hazard, Batshuayi

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May 2024