Romelu Lukaku, who was launched as a half-time substitute in Belgium’s must-win Group F match in opposition to Croatia, had three strong possibilities to attain for Belgium, however couldn’t convert any, because it obtained knocked out of the FIFA World Cup after a goalless draw.
Belgium completed third within the desk with 4 factors in three matches. Morocco and Croatia completed first and second to qualify for the knockouts.
Lukaku’s first probability got here within the sixtieth minute. De Bruyne set Carrasco with a terrific cross. Carrasco obtained a shot away, however Croatia’s Josip Juranovic obtained a strong boot to the ball. The ball broke unfastened to Lukaku, who had ample time and area to discover a nook along with his proper foot, however his shot rattled the put up and got here again into play.
His second probability got here within the 63rd minute. De Bruyne did nicely to make a run down the left and swing a scrumptious cross contained in the field. Croatia keeper Dominik Livakovic obtained a contact however it was not sufficient to cease it from reaching Lukaku’s head. He obtained his header away however couldn’t preserve it on the right track.
Lukaku’s third probability got here within the ninetieth minute, which was arguably his finest probability to attain and put his group within the driver’s seat. Thorgan Hazard swung in a cross from the precise that was fully misjudged by Dejan Lovren. The ball slammed into Lukaku’s abdomen space, and he couldn’t react rapidly sufficient to place the ball over the road from point-blank vary.
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His ultimate probability to attain got here within the third minute of second-half extra time, however this wasn’t so simple as the opposite two. Lukaku discovered himself in place contained in the Croatia field and was able to dispatch a shot however Croatia’s masked hero Josko Gvardiol put in an excellent last-ditch problem to disclaim the striker.
Lukaku is Belgium’s all-time prime scorer, with 68 targets in 101 appearances for his nation.