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(Subedited by Riley Finch)

Despite today’s match arguably Belgium’s best performance of this World Cup it was not enough for the team that is ranked second in the world to drag themselves out of the group stages.

A difficult first two matches saw Roberto Martinez’s side needing a win against Croatia to make it to the round of 16.

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Martinez did see improvement in his team today saying after the goalless match that “I think it’s clear the performance today was ourselves.”

Many of Belgium’s golden generation will be leaving Qatar knowing that this was their last chance to win a major tournament trophy.

Their head coach still feels confident however that the up-and-coming players will be able to take the golden generation title and go on to make it their own.

Martinez said: “You see players like Youri Tielemans, players like Amadou Onana, players like Jeremy Doku. The golden generation is doing something that is bringing the next generation on.”

Coming into this World Cup many would have expected Belgium to make it out of the group stages but instead, it is Morocco and Croatia who advance into the round of 16.

Martinez who I’m sure also would have been expecting Belgium to make it out of the group stages said, “We wanted to get through but I’m sure that the other national teams that they wanted to get through to.”

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