The Croatian football team knocked out Belgium in the big derby and qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup. 0:0 was enough for our neighbors in the derby, and as the first place in the group, Morocco also goes on, which won 2:1 against Canada.
Although the result of the match Morocco - Canada was heard, the Croats and the Belgians basically knew that their clash was crucial in the fight for the round of 16 and that one of these two national teams would not go to the round of 16.
The most exciting detail of the first half was the penalty awarded to Croatia in the 17th minute, but even then the decision was overturned after the VAR signaling. Semi-automatic offside signaled that Dejan Lovren was minimally offside before the penalty.
Until going on vacation, there was no excitement because of the tension and the great importance of the game were felt. The continuation brings a better game of the Croats in the opening. Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric threatened the goal a few times.
After that, Belgium took control of the game and had two great chances through Romelu Lukaku. In the 61st minute, Lukaku had a chance to score a goal when Dominik Livakovic was not present, but he hit the post. After that, the same player missed an empty goal with his head and wasted his chance for the round of 16.
In the very end, Lukaku missed two more great chances and thus enabled the Croats to move on. Until the end of the game, the result did not change, so Croatia went on to second place, while Belgium, completely unexpectedly, said goodbye to the World Cup.
Morocco shocks Canada
Further from this group is Morocco, which justified its role as the favorite and defeated Canada with a score of 2:1. The Moroccans solved the question of passing already after 23 minutes as Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En Nesyri scored for a safe lead.
Before the break, an own goal reduced the Canadians' deficit, but not enough to threaten the first place in the group. Morocco and Croatia will play their round of 16 matches on Monday and Tuesday, but the rivals will be known tonight after the competition in Group E is completed.
Results and scorers:
- Croatia - Belgium 0:0
- Canada - Morocco 1:2 (Aguerd own goal 40', Ziyech 4', En Nesyri 23')