Romelu Lukaku cuts frustrated figure after spurning clear chances against Croatia

Romelu Lukaku endured a torrid time within the match towards Croatia, spurning clear possibilities as Belgium have been held 0-0 and exited the match from the Group stage itself.

After the match, the striker minimize a anguished determine as he set free his frustrations on the plexiglass window of his staff’s dugout. He was additionally caught on digicam breaking down and crying and being consoled by assistant supervisor Thierry Henry.

For Lukaku’s first missed likelihood, Carrasco stormed by means of on aim earlier than his path was blocked and the ball discovered its solution to Lukaku who by some means hit the publish with the aim gaping. He then inexplicably headed over from shut vary, though replays confirmed De Bruyne had in all probability taken the ball out of play earlier than crossing.

Lukaku missed two possibilities from point-blank vary within the dying minutes, diverting Thomas Meunier’s crisp shot extensive after which wanting on bemused because the ball bounced into his midriff with the aim at his mercy earlier than it bobbled harmlessly to the keeper.

Croatia, who subsequent play the winners of Group E, completed with 5 factors, two behind Morocco who beat already-eliminated Canada 2-1 to high the desk. Belgium have been third with 4 factors after successful simply considered one of their three video games.

Rather a lot has been manufactured from Belgium’s ‘golden era’, a set of prodigious abilities from the most important golf equipment, who’ve perennially been among the many favourites at worldwide tournaments for the most effective a part of a decade.

But they’ve by no means tasted glory and with the brightest lights, resembling Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, already north of 30, it’s unlikely they may get one other likelihood on the World Cup.

(With Reuters inputs)

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