Belgium's Golden Generation Ends in World Cup Disappointments, Morocco Topped Group F of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Belgium’s Golden Generation Ends in World Cup Disappointments, Morocco Topped Group F of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

In a World Cup that is full of surprises like the 2022 edition in Qatar, upsets from underdogs and dismays from traditional football powerhouses are bound to happen, and occur in a frequency where nobody would have expected.

Like Group F of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, spectators had predicted Belgium and Croatia to have an easy route to qualify for the Round of 16, but things did not go as planned for both teams that are full of veterans, most notably the Red Devils, as they have sadly ended their World Cup campaign way earlier than they thought. As things stand, we are looking at the end of the road for the Golden Era of Belgium football.

A Goalless Draw Meant the Belgium Red Devils Bowed Out with a Whimper

Belgium’s last Group F fixture was a clash with their European peers and the 2018 FIFA World Cup runner-up Croatia. The close affair was a battle between two Golden Generations, which include Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard for Die Roten Teufel, and Dejan Lovren, Mateo Kovačić, Luka Modrić and Ivan Perišić for Kockasti. It ended in all square, with a similar number of chances as well as ball possession, but it is worth noting that Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku had numerous sitters to change the score line and the dynamics of Group F after coming on as a substitute. The striker would have converted his opportunities had him been fit enough and been his usual self but it was Croatia which made it into the next round with 5 points collected in three group matches.

The Atlas Lions a Surprise Package

The most surprising nation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup is none other than Morocco. The Atlas Lions came into Group F where people think they might end up the third-best country of the group. But a 0-0 draw against Croatia, a shocking 2-0 victory over Belgium and a 2-1 win at the expense of out-of-favour Canada meant they finished the group as the winner with 7 hard-earned points. The Atlas Lions only had two shots on goal in last night’s fixture, but it was more than enough for them to secure a spot in the Round of 16, since Belgium and Croatia played out a draw in their fixture.

Morocco is set to meet Spain in their next match while Croatia will take on the team who came back twice in two matches to beat two former world champions, Japan.

Check out how France and Australia made it into the last 16 stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup here.

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