Tiktukno: summary of the day's events in sports, 30.11 (Sport1)
When the smoke cleared after the draw for the 2022 World Cup, many were sure that Croatia and Belgium would reach the match between them in the last round of Group V with a perfect record, a ticket to the round of 16 and second teams.
In practice, the two European women lost points against Morocco and thus the game between them tomorrow (Thursday, 17:00, Sport2) became particularly tense.
- Croatia need a draw to ensure qualification for the round of 16.
- Belgium need a win to secure a place in the round of 16.
- Both can still go up together, but the chance of that is slim.
For this to happen, they have to be separated by a tie and in the corresponding match, Morocco will lose to Canada by at least 3 goals.
Croatia will not be able to appear with a full lineup of substitutes because they must at least draw to advance, and will strive to finish in first place at home to possibly avoid a meeting with Spain and play against Japan or Costa Rica if Germany fails (although in the fifth house everything is still completely open).
Zlatko Dalic's trust in Livaja and Andrej Kramaric in the front has paid off and they should continue it together with the great Ivan Perisic.
The coach has doubts mainly in the last squad, where Josip Juranovic and Josip Stanisic are fighting for the right back position and Borna Sosa and Borna Barisic for the left back position.
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will not make far-reaching changes.
Dalich (Photo: Reuters)
Belgium comes after stormy and mud-filled days, which included reports of severe social problems, clashes, camping, etc.
The Red Devils understand that they cannot build on a draw for qualification and that they must win and the question is whether the players will be able to put aside the conflicts.
Beyond that, of course, the ability must also be drastically improved.
Romelu Lukaku, probably the least controversial player among the seniors and the one who is "accepted" by everyone, will probably start in the wing even though he is not yet fully fit.
It is expected that he will start in place of Michy Batshuayi and that Yannick Carrasco and Yuri Tillmans will also return to the 11.
What about Eden Hazard who is heavily criticized for his ability?
It's too early to tell, but it's possible he'll be eliminated.
Amadou Onana is yellow and will be absent.
accepted by all.
Lukaku (Photo: GettyImages, Isosport/MB Media)
* The two teams have met 8 times since the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the balance is quite balanced: 3 wins for each team and another 2 draws.
* Belgium won the last two meetings: 0:1 in a friendly match in 2021 and 1:2 in the World Cup qualifiers in 2013.
Romelu Lukaku scored all three goals for the Red Devils.
* Thibaut Courtois is expected to enter Belgium's famous 100th club, which currently includes six other players - all part of the current squad: Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Toby Alderweireld, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku.
Kevin de Brauna has 96 appearances and is on his way too.
The composition of the groups
Anthony Taylor (England)
Ahmed Ben Ali (Al Ryan)
Croatia coach: Zlatko Dalic
The game setup
Belgium coach: Roberto Martins
The game setup
The winner of the 6th group will play in the round of 16 against the second in the 5th group.
The winner of House 5 will meet the runner-up of House 6.
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