Belgium ELIMINATED from the World Cup as Romelu Lukaku misses THREE glorious chances to draw with Croatia, including the open goal


Belgium are ruled out of the World Cup after playing out a goalless draw against Croatia in a game that saw Romelu Lukaku leave his shooting boots at home.

The Chelsea striker, who is on loan at Inter Milan, was brought on for the second half with the draw and was so close to making an impact from the bench just before the hour mark.

Lukaku had a wonderful opportunity to score in the box
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Belgium ELIMINATED from the World Cup as Romelu Lukaku misses THREE glorious chances to draw with Croatia, including the open goal
The striker knew how lucky it was
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Belgium ELIMINATED from the World Cup as Romelu Lukaku misses THREE glorious chances to draw with Croatia, including the open goal
The striker then headed towards him shortly after his open goal miss
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However, the 29-year-old couldn’t find the target as he missed an open goal from inside the box.

Yannick Carrasco ran for goal but saw his effort blocked, the ball falling into the path of Lukaku, who could only hit the inside of the post just outside the penalty area.

He then headed the ball over the bar from just over six yards out, although the goal was not held as the ball was out of play before Kevin De Bruyne crossed the ball.

Lukaku then had two more huge chances as he could only deflect a firm cross to the right side of the goal from inside the penalty area.

And then, in the final moments of the game, his best chance of the game may have come.

All he had to do was get his head in a cross from the right, but the striker inexplicably dropped the ball in his lap and it was scrambled by the Croatian defenders.

Belgium ELIMINATED from the World Cup as Romelu Lukaku misses THREE glorious chances to draw with Croatia, including the open goal
Lukaku missed another chance late in the game
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Belgium ELIMINATED from the World Cup as Romelu Lukaku misses THREE glorious chances to draw with Croatia, including the open goal
Belgium pressed and pressed for a winner, with Lukaku unable to produce the goods
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Belgium ELIMINATED from the World Cup as Romelu Lukaku misses THREE glorious chances to draw with Croatia, including the open goal
Lukaku’s reaction says it all
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Belgium only needed to score one goal against Croatia to qualify for the knockout stages.

However, their lack of composure in front of goal coupled with Morocco’s 2-1 win against Canada means they are now ruled out of the World Cup.

It’s a sad sight for Belgium, which is now approaching the end of its untitled “golden generation”.

Morocco produced one of the tournament’s shocks after finishing top of F, with Croatia behind them in second.

However, one of the big stories of the tournament will be Belgium leaving ahead of the Round of 16, given their performances last time out in 2018.

Belgium ELIMINATED from the World Cup as Romelu Lukaku misses THREE glorious chances to draw with Croatia, including the open goal
The final classification of group F, with Morocco and Croatia until the round of 16

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