Croatia v Belgium, 01 December 2022

Score0-0
RefereeAnthony Taylor
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Group F
VenueAhmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
Attendance43,984
Kick-off: 6.00pm local (3.00pm GMT) . FIFA world ranking: Croatia 12, Belgium 2 . With Morocco winning their final group game against already-eliminated Canada, Belgium had to win this game. Otherwise, Croatia would be the other nation to qualify for the Round of 16. . Both Croatia and Belgium reached the Semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia. This was their first meeting at the World Cup finals. . Croatia had now won four and drawn two of their last six group games at the World Cup finals. . Croatia had now lost one of their last 19 games (won 12) since June 2021. . Croatia had now lost two of their 11 meetings with European nations at World Cups finals (won six). . Belgium failed to progress to the group stage for the first time at the last six major tournaments they had qualified for (also UEFA European Championships). . Belgium’s loss to Morocco in the preceding group game ended their run of being unbeaten in 13 games in the group stage of World Cup finals (won eight). . Belgium avoided losing consecutive group games at the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986. . This was only the second time that Belgium had failed to score more than one goal at the group stage of a World Cup finals; also 1930. . Thibaut Courtois became the seventh player (and first goalkeeper) to make 100 appearances for Belgium. He had now also kept 50 clean sheets for the Red Devils. . Belgium had won the last two meetings with Croatia; 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Zagreb in October 2013 and 1-0 in a friendly in Brussels in June 2021. .

0  Croatia

Manager: Zlatko Dalić

0  Belgium

Manager: Roberto Martínez

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Dominik Livaković
Defender Joško Gvardiol
Defender Dejan Lovren
Defender/Midfielder Josip Juranović
Defender/Midfielder Borna Sosa
Midfielder Marcelo Brozović
Midfielder Mateo Kovačić
Midfielder Luka Modrić (captain)
Midfielder/Forward Marko Livaja
Midfielder/Forward Ivan Perišić

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois
Defender Thomas Meunier
Defender Jan Vertonghen
Defender/Midfielder Timothy Castagne
Defender/Midfielder Leander Dendoncker
Midfielder Yannick Carrasco
Midfielder Leandro Trossard
Midfielder Axel Witsel
Midfielder/Forward Kevin De Bruyne (captain)
Forward Dries Mertens

Substitutions:

Mario Pašalić for Andrej Kramarić 64
Bruno Petković for Marko Livaja 64
Lovro Majer for Mateo Kovačić 92

Substitutions:

Romelu Lukaku for Dries Mertens 46
Thorgan Hazard for Leandro Trossard 59
Jérémy Doku for Yannick Carrasco 72
Youri Tielemans for Leander Dendoncker 72
Eden Hazard for Thomas Meunier 87

Cards:

Cards:

Leander Dendoncker 66 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ivo Grbić
Goalkeeper Ivica Ivušić
Defender Borna Barišić
Defender Martin Erlić
Defender Josip Stanišić
Defender Josip Sutalo
Defender Domagoj Vida
Midfielder Kristijan Jakić
Midfielder Lovro Majer
Midfielder Mario Pašalić
Midfielder Luka Sučić
Midfielder Nikola Vlašić
Midfielder/Forward Mislav Oršić
Forward Ante Budimir
Forward Bruno Petković

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Koen Casteels
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Defender Zeno Debast
Defender Wout Faes
Defender Arthur Theate
Midfielder Youri Tielemans
Midfielder Hans Vanaken
Midfielder/Forward Eden Hazard
Midfielder/Forward Thorgan Hazard
Forward Michy Batshuayi
Forward Jérémy Doku
Forward Romelu Lukaku
Forward Loïs Openda

Comments:

Croatia were awarded a penalty in the 16th minute but was reversed after a VAR review for offside.

Comments:

Belgium named 14 of a possible 15 substitutes. Amadou Onana was unavailable due to suspension.