Croatia vs Belgium, Canada vs Morocco Highlights, FIFA World Cup 2022: BEL knocked out, MAR win group

FIFA World Cup 2022 Croatia vs Belgium, Canada vs Morocco highlights: Belgium could not score and hence have been knocked out of the World Cup, Morocco, meanwhile go through as group winners. 

FIFA World Cup 2022 Croatia vs Belgium, Canada vs Morocco highlights: Romelu Lukaku missed a string of late chances as Belgium crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage after a 0-0 draw with Croatia on Thursday which sent the 2018 runners-up into the knockout phase. Croatia had a penalty award controversially cancelled by VAR early in a largely uneventful first half. The introduction of Lukaku at the interval changed the game, but he was guilty of three dreadful misses as Zlatko Dalic’s side rode their luck to hold on.

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  • Dec 01, 2022 10:35 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: To conclude…

Morocco finish top of the group with seven points. Croatia are second with five points while Belgium are third with four. Canada are fourth, having lost all three matches they played.  

  • Dec 01, 2022 10:25 PM IST


The Moroccans spill onto the pitch. It is not Belgium or Croatia who are the group winners, it is Morocco. A great achievement for this team that has the kind of players who can threaten any great team on their day. They had last year’s runners-up and third place holders in their group and they managed to finish above both sides. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 10:24 PM IST


The players are flat on the ground, it’s all over. Lukaku is disconsolate, Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry consoles him. It is not yet full time in the Morocco-Canada match but the Moroccans are celebrating in their dugout because this result confirms that they are going through. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 10:20 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: MISS OF THE MATCH FROM LUKAKU!

90 mins: This is quite extraordinary. Cross from the right from Thorgan Hazard, Lovren jumps up ahead of Lukaku but it is over the centre back’s head. Lukaku seems to have just given up on making any sort of attempt when the centre back jumped. The ball bounces off his chest and into the goalkeeper’s hands. Oh, goals don’t come much easier than that, Lukaku what are you doing? 

  • Dec 01, 2022 10:16 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium Live score: ANOTHER MISS FOR LUKAKU!

Meunier sends in a pass to Lukaku who is right at the edge of the goal box. But the pass seemed too strong and Lukaku was late to react to it, it almost hits his leg with him knowing nothing about it and goes out. Meunier is then taken off for Hazard. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 10:14 PM IST

CRO vs BEL, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: Croatia go for the hold

They aren’t exactly sitting back but wasting time wherever possible and slowing the game down as well. That almost backfired with De Bruyne snuffed the ball away from them in the final third. His shot takes a deflection and goes to the side netting for a corner which comes to nothing. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 10:09 PM IST

Canada vs Morocco Live score: 78 mins gone, Canada 1-2 Morocco

Morocco have decided to sit back and Canada are pretty unlucky to have not found an equaliser from any of the many corners they have got so far. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 10:07 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: 77 mins, Croatia 0-0 Belgium

Belgium finally get a string of attacks going but they are unable to find the final product. Vertonghen heads over from a Thorgan Hazard corner kick. Goal kick is given but Vertonghen screams as if he has never felt the ball at all in his life. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 10:01 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium Live score: It is all Croatia

A break in play, or rather a break in the waves of Croatian attacks, gives Belgium the chance to make a couple more changes. Leander Dendoncker comes off for Youri Tielemans, Jeremy Doku comes on for Yannick Carrasco.

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:57 PM IST

CRO vs BEL, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: ANOTHER BIG COURTOIS SAVE!

67 mins: Cross from the left is partially cleared by Belgium, Modric takes the ball and drives into the box before shooting and Courtois dives to left to hold on to the ball. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:55 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium Live score: LUKAKU MISSES ANOTHER!

65 mins: Although replays suggest that De Bruyne may have been unable to keep the ball in play at the byline on the left before crossing in. Lukaku seemed surprised that the ball has not been intercepted by the Croatian defenders or goalkeeper. It comically falls on his head, that is how free the header was, and flies over empty goal. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:53 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: Canada 1-2 Morocco

62 mins: Canada have had more of the ball for the last 10 minutes or so but they have hardly been able to cause the Moroccan defence any problems. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:50 PM IST

CRO vs BEL, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: LUKAKU HITS THE POST!

61 mins: Oh, how are Belgium not 1-0 up! De Bruyne expertly threads a through ball to Carrasco on the break. The winger seems to have taken one touch too many and the goalkeeper smothers his shot. But the rebound comes to Lukaku who goes around the defender in front of him and takes the shot into the open goal…  only to hit the right post. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:44 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: CROATIA SPRAYING SHOTS!

54 mins: Thibaut Courtois getting a real work out now. Brozovic first fires in a low shot from 20 yards and that is saved by Courtois. Then Modric comes in and makes a left-footed attempt and that is saved once again by his Real Madrid teammate. Belgium under all kinds of pressure now.

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:41 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium Live score: Good save from Courtois

Josko Gvardiol goes forward and passes to Kovacic inside the box. The Chelsea midfielder takes a shot and Courtois makes the save.

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:39 PM IST

CRO vs BEL, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: CHANCE FOR LUKAKU

47 mins: That’s better from Belgium. Cross from the right and Lukaku rises from close to the far post. His header is into the hands of the keeper. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:35 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: Second halves begin!

Belgium have made a change and yes, it is THE change. Romelu Lukaku has come on for Dries Mertens. Well at least Lukaku gets some significant minutes in this World Cup if nothing else. If Belgium are going to continue the way they played in the first half, they are not scoring today. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:24 PM IST

CAN vs MAR, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: HALF TIME! Canada 1-2 Morocco 

Youssef En-Nesyri had found the back of the net for Morocco once again during stoppage time but that was ruled out because the linesman had called offside. Turns out Nayef Aguerd was offside and in the goalkeeper’s line of vision. Goals galore here. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:19 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium Live score: HALF TIME! Croatia 0-0 Belgium

Some excitement in the end as Jos Juranovic smashes a volley just wide of goal. That might just be as close as either of teams have come to keeping the ball in line of goal. Terrible quality from both sides, after that Croatian penalty was ruled out. Belgium have been unable to get anyone at the end of the crosses that have come in from wide out. It is them that have the desperate need to score here but if they play like this, Croatia are getting a clean sheet today at the very least. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:17 PM IST

CAN vs MAR, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: 5 mins of added time

Meanwhile, Morocco looking as dangerous as ever. Canada’s defence is struggling to hold up. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:15 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium Live score: 4 mins of added time 

De Brune squares the ball from the left but there are no Belgians in the box to receive it. As far as attacking quality goes, this half has been a snoozefest. No shots on target yet despite the fact that at least one of these two sides desperately need to score.  

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:11 PM IST

Canada vs Morocco Live score: GOAL! Canada get one back!

40 mins: How about that, an own goal Aguerd helps Canada cut Morocco’s lead down to one goal. Belgium remain outside the qualification spots as it stands though. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:05 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium Live score: 35 mins gone, Croatia 0-0 Belgium

No attempt on target so far from either side, which is just strange considering the stakes attached to it. In fact, all quality seems to have been sapped from it since that disallowed penalty. Belgium try to piece together an attack but it fizzes out after Meunier’s cross from the right goes long. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 09:03 PM IST

CRO vs BEL, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: Positive from Croatia

33 mins: Some good play from Croatia down the left and a ball is floated in. Kramaric is unable to keep his header down and it goes out for a goal kick. Croatia have looked more dangerous when in the opposition third. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 08:53 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: GOAL! MOROCCO SCORE ONE MORE!

23 mins: Youssef En-Nesyri beats Borjan at his near post after getting on to a rather speculative ball on the left. There can be an air of desperation to the match between Croatia and Belgium before long. Belgium need to score and win to avoid being knocked out, Croatia cannot lose this match. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 08:48 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: PENALTY OVERTURNED!

18 mins: Anthony Taylor goes to the pitchside monitor and decides that Kramaric was offside. The Croatian players, as one would expect, not extremely happy about this. It’s all happening here!

  • Dec 01, 2022 08:47 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium Live score: PENALTY FOR CROATIA!

15 mins: Carrasco fouls Kramaric. No arguments from the Belgians really and so Modri stands over the ball with his Real Madrid team mate Courtois guarding the goal. But wait a minute. VAR is checking for a possible offside.  

  • Dec 01, 2022 08:43 PM IST

CRO vs BEL, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: BIG  MISS FOR BELGIUM!

13 mins: Mertens will be disappointed with that one. Belgium break with De Bruyne through the middle, he has team mates to hos left and right. He provides a perfectly weighted pass to the left, Mertens tries to open up his body but his shot at the far post goes soaring into the stands. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 08:41 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium Live score: 10 mins gone, Croatia 0-0 Belgium

First proper chance for Belgium as Mertens is played in behind on the left. He squares to Carrasco at the other end of the box, the latter cuts inside but his shot is blocked by Alderweireld. The resulting corner comes to nothing. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 08:35 PM IST

CAN vs MAR, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: GOAL! Morocco lead!

4 mins: As it stands, Belgium are out. Absolutely terrible defending from Canada, Ziyech allowed to score from miles out. Steve Vitoria with a terrible short pass to his goalkeeper. Borjan comes under pressure and passes it straight to Ziyech who takes the shot first time. Canada 0-1 Morocco.

  • Dec 01, 2022 08:32 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: KICK OFF!

And a shot within the first 10 seconds from Croatia! No such happenings in the game between Canada and Morocco though. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 08:29 PM IST

CRO vs BEL, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: Back three for Belgium!

Well the earlier notion of Belgium playing a 4-2-3-1 was wrong. Instead they have gone with a 3-4-3 with the back three being made of Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Castagne.

  • Dec 01, 2022 08:26 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: The teams walk out!

Right then, Croatia and Belgium walk out in the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium; Canada and Morocco lineup at the Al Thumama Stadium.

  • Dec 01, 2022 08:13 PM IST

CAN vs MAR, FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: A farewell to Canada

Canada’s defensive frailties were exposed by Croatia but the country can be pretty proud of what they have done here. They are the rank outsiders and yet, they gave Belgium a run for their money and gave Croatia the scare of their lives by scoring first. They maybe out of contention already but Morocco will know that this could make them even more dangerous. 

  • Dec 01, 2022 08:03 PM IST

FIFA World Cup 2022 Live score: No Hazard for Belgium

Croatia pretty much unchanged from their last match against Canada. Belgium, meanwhile, have made four changes to the squad that lost to Morocco and the headline of it is that captain Eden Hazard has been dropped. Kevin De Bruyne will be wearing the captain’s armband in his place. His brother Thorgan Hazard is also on the bench and so is striker Michy Batshuayi. Dries Mertens, Yannick Carrasco, Leander Dendoncker and Brighton’s Leandro Trossard have been brought in.

  • Dec 01, 2022 07:57 PM IST

Canada vs Morocco Live score: Squads

Canada: Milan Borjan (c), Alistair Johnston, Samuel Adekugbe, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria, Junior Hoilett, Tajon Buchanan, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Cyle Larin, Alphonso Davies, Jonathan Osorio

Subs: St. Clair, Piette, Fraser, Cavallini, Ugbo, Hutchinson, Kone, Pantemis, David, Laryea, Millar, Wotherspoon, Cornelius, Waterman.

Morocco: Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, Noussair Mazraoui, Sofyan Amrabat, Nayef Aguerd, Romain Saiss (c), Hakim Ziyech, Azzedine Ounahi, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Soufiane Boufal, Youssef En-Nesyri

Subs: Hamdallah, Zaroury, Mohamedi, Chair, Aboukhlal, Amallah, Ezzalzouli, El Yamiq, Dari, Cheddira, Tagnaouti, El Khannous, Benoun, Attiyat Allah, Jabrane.

  • Dec 01, 2022 07:50 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium Live score: The squads

Croatia (4-3-3): Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Kramaric, Livaja, Perisic.

Substitutes: Grbic, Ivusic, Stanisic, Erlic, Majer, Vlasic, Pasalic, Petkovic, Budimir, Orsic, Vida, Sutalo, Sucic, Jakic.

Belgium (possible 4-2-3-1): Courtois; Meunier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Castagne; Dendoncker, Witsel; Carrasco, De Bruyne, Trossard; Mertens.

Substitutes: Mignolet, Casteels, Theate, Faes, Tielemans, Lukaku, Batshuayi, T Hazard, E Hazard, Doku, Vanaken, De Ketelaere, Openda, Debast.

  • Dec 01, 2022 07:37 PM IST

Croatia vs Belgium, Canada vs Morocco Live score: Hello and welcome!

Old players or not, the fact is that Belgium have been pretty underwhelming thus far in all departments of the field in this World Cup. If this marks the end of this golden generation, it is a pretty sad conclusion as we have seen an incredible chemistry between these players in previous tournaments and it is now they themselves who seem to be contradicting each other publicly as to what ails Belgium. There is no doubt that their demise will be the story of the day, alongwith Morocco’s extraordinary achievement of going through to the Round of 16. All of this of course, will be turned on its head if Belgium produce a performance of a lifetime today. 


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