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CRO vs BEL: Here’s all you need to know about the FIFA World Cup Group F clash between Croatia and Belgium which takes place at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Thursday.

Belgium’s Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens with teammates during training on the eve of their Group F clash against Croatia.

Belgium’s Yannick Carrasco and Dries Mertens with teammates during training on the eve of their Group F clash against Croatia. | Photo Credit: REUTERS

CRO vs BEL: Here’s all you need to know about the FIFA World Cup Group F clash between Croatia and Belgium which takes place at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Thursday.

MATCH PREVIEW (via Reuters)

When Belgium was beaten by France in its 2018 World Cup semifinal there was some grumbling that the better team had lost and the so-called ‘golden generation’ had been robbed of its place in the final against Croatia.

Fast-forward four years and Belgium will get the chance to show what might have been against the Croats in a Group F encounter on Thursday that may lack the prestige of the tournament’s showpiece finale but remains an acutely important game for both sides.

The group is finely balanced.

Croatia is top, level on four points with Morocco and a point clear of Belgium with three, while bottom side Canada’s hopes have already been extinguished.

Belgium, ranked second in the world, must win to guarantee its place in the last 16, while 2018 runner-up Croatia need only a point to ensure it will remain in Qatar beyond the group stage.

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Roberto Martinez’s side has been among the most disappointing of the favourites so far, with a narrow win over Canada and a humbling 2-0 defeat by Morocco leading to questions about whether this generation of Belgian gold has lost its lustre.

This was seemingly the view of playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who was quoted in an interview with The Guardian dismissing his side’s chances at the tournament because “we’re too old”.

Predicted lineups:
Croatia: Livakovic (GK), Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa, Modric (c), Brozovic, Kovacic, Kramaric, Livaja, Perisic
Belgium: Courtois (GK), Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Castagne, Carrasco, Witsel, Tielemans, Meunier, De Bruyne, Eden Hazard (c), Lukaku

They are certainly not the oldest squad at the tournament, that honour goes to Iran, but there are concerns about the fitness and form of some key stalwarts.

Eden Hazard’s lack of playing time at Real Madrid this season, where he has started only one LaLiga game, has left him searching for match sharpness, while striker Romelu Lukaku, who came on in the 81st minute against Morocco, is another who is not up to speed.

Martinez pointed more to psychological aspects than physical in his post-mortem following their defeat to Morocco.

“We have to stay together now and become stronger. I know this group, we will be ready for Croatia,” he said.

“We haven’t been the best Belgium at this World Cup yet. Today I thought we played with the fear of losing. Without the ball we still work for each other but when we have the ball, we don’t stand out, we are not ourselves. We have to work on that.”

Croatia’s tournament also began with a lifeless performance against Morocco, although the goalless draw provided a platform for it to kick-on against Canada.

It looked far sharper in Sunday’s 4-1 win, with Andrej Kramaric’s double strike dispelling doubts about whether it lacks a cutting edge up front.

A draw would see it over the line but coach Zlatko Dalic ruled out playing for such a scenario.

“We must not accept the option of having only one point to end the match with Belgium,” he said.

“There are no easy games (at the World Cup). Belgium need a win but we will also aim for a win.”

WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
Where will the Croatia vs Belgium World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Croatia vs Belgium match will kick-off at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
When will the Croatia vs Belgium World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Croatia vs Belgium match will kick-off at 8:30PM IST on December 1, 2022.
Where can you watch the Croatia vs Belgium match in India?
The Croatia vs Belgium World Cup opening match will be telecasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.
Where can you watch the Croatia vs Belgium match outside India?
The following list shows where you can watch the Croatia vs Belgium match outside India:
United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – TV: CTV, TSN; Live Stream: fuboTV, TSN app
United Kingdom – TV: BBC One; Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Website
Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand
New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live Stream: Sky Sport
Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV
Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro.
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