Belgium, Croatia and Morocco can all nonetheless qualify for the knockout rounds in what guarantees to be an enchanting spherical of matches. Belgium and Croatia will play one another, whereas Morocco faces Canada – which is already out of the match.
Many Moroccans will nonetheless be recovering from an emotional victory towards Belgium on Sunday, in what was the nation’s first World Cup win since 1998 – and its third ever.
“If we get by way of to the knockout stage, I feel we will likely be very harmful going ahead,” Moroccan supervisor Walid Regragui instructed reporters earlier this week.
Something aside from a spot within the spherical of 16 will likely be a significant disappointment for each Belgium and Croatia.
The latter was the defeated finalist in 2018 and wishes only a draw towards Belgium to make sure development by way of the group.
However coach Zlatko Dalić says he refuses to entertain taking part in for something however a win.
“We should not settle for the choice of getting just one level to finish the match with Belgium,” he instructed reporters. “There aren’t any simple video games. Belgium want a win however we may even goal for a win.”
Belgium, in the meantime, has struggled to search out its toes within the match to date.
It was largely outplayed regardless of beating Canada in its opening recreation and suffered a confidence-knocking defeat to Morocco the final day trip.
Nevertheless, coach Roberto Martinez says his staff will likely be prepared for the showdown and hopes his star gamers, corresponding to Manchester Metropolis midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, can flip its fortunes round.
“We now have to remain collectively now and develop into stronger. I do know this group, we will likely be prepared for Croatia,” he instructed reporters. “We haven’t been the perfect Belgium at this World Cup but.”