Hello and welcome to the live blog of the FIFA World Cup 2022 group stage game between Croatia and Belgium.
All eyes will be on Ahmad bin Ali Stadium when Croatia and Belgium face each other in the Group F clash of World Cup 2022. Both sides may have reached the semi-finals in Russia but a passage to the round of 16 in Qatar is not certain for either nation heading into the final game of Group F. Following a 2-0 loss to Morocco, Belgium faces a must-win situation in the decider. Zlatko Dalic’s runners-up have better chances of progressing after victory against Canada took them to four points. A draw would send Croatia through. Here’s everything you need to know about this mouthwatering clash.
Kick-off time: 8:30 PM IST, 4:00 PM CET, 15:00/10:00 GMT/EST
Croatia Form(all competitions): W-W-W-D-W
Belgium Form(all competitions): W-L-L-W-L
Injury and team news
There are no injury concerns for Croatia.
Romelu Lukaku came on for the final ten minutes of Belgium’s surprise defeat to Morocco. The Inter striker hasn’t started a match for club or country since August. He may still be short of the fitness required to lead the line.
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Players to watch
Modric has shown a great coordination capacity that has allowed him to successfully solve many complex on-pitch situations throughout his career. His high cognitive ability separates him from others. Thanks to his low centre of gravity, Modric is able to backpedal quickly in 1vs1 situations preventing him from being taken on by the opponent, waiting for the right moment to make the tackle which allows him to win the ball. Despite the fact that he may already be 37 years old, he is still one of the best midfield players in the world.
Tielemans is a highly intelligent and technically gifted playmaker, with many nuances to his skillset which make his impact to be both exceptional and distinguished. Tielemans can influence the game in a number of ways. He’s a player who looks to optimize space and possession but is skilled in progressing the ball in passing and dribbling if need be, he’s exceptionally strong with both feet and his striking technique of the ball is not only key in his passing, but also in his ability to shoot from distance. Finally, his presence can be very important for the Belgian midfield.