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Belgium serene, Croatia delighted, Morocco undecided on the road to the World Cup

What about the other Group F teams the Reds will be part of at the 2022 Men’s World Cup? Overview.

Again the Belgian old guard

The average Belgian fan didn’t have a good June 3rd. To start their campaign in the League of Nations, the Red Devils lost miserably 4-1 in Brussels against the Dutch rival. Belgium had not fallen so heavily against the Netherlands at home since December 14, 1996, with Jaap Stam – Jaap Stam! – who managed a killer pass for Dennis Bergkamp, ​​on top of that.

Eleven days later, the Belgians could tell RTBF that this slap had do wellnoting that the subsequent collection of seven out of nine points could have been a clear round.

Leander Dendoncker has started for Belgium’s last three games.

Photo: Getty Images/Michael Steele

A 6-1 win over Poland in Brussels, a 1-1 draw in Cardiff and a 1-0 win in Warsaw put the Belgians second in their group behind the Dutch. The big winner of this match streak? Probably the central back Leander Dendoncker, established in three consecutive meetings in the national team for the first time.

9 extraordinaire, a déclaré le sélectionneur Roberto Martinez, cité par la RTBF, en référence à l’attaquant Robert Lewandowski. Ce mardi soir, ils ont bien contrôlé nos adversaires, ils ont montré une personnalité incroyable. C’était une joie de les voir. Je pense que Leander Dendoncker a marqué beaucoup de points en vue d’une sélection à la Coupe du monde.”,”text”:”Dendoncker, Toby Alderweireld et Jan Verthongen avaient déjà stoppé la Pologne à l’aller face à ce no9 extraordinaire, a déclaré le sélectionneur Roberto Martinez, cité par la RTBF, en référence à l’attaquant Robert Lewandowski. Ce mardi soir, ils ont bien contrôlé nos adversaires, ils ont montré une personnalité incroyable. C’était une joie de les voir. Je pense que Leander Dendoncker a marqué beaucoup de points en vue d’une sélection à la Coupe du monde.”}}”>Dendoncker, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Verthongen had already stopped Poland in the first leg against this extraordinary No. 9, said coach Roberto Martinez, quoted by RTBF, in reference to striker Robert Lewandowski. This Tuesday evening, they controlled our opponents well, they showed an incredible personality. It was a joy to see them. I think Leander Dendoncker has scored a lot of points for World Cup selection.

That said, underlines Ludo Vandewalle in Het Nieuwsbladthe four games mostly announced that Roberto Martinez does not intend to abandon the previous generation. The journalist targets 21 players whose ticket for Qatar seems validated, and the names are well known: the Courtois, Boyata, Meunier, Witsel, Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku…

However, one day a new boss will be needed, and Youri Tielemans appears to be the ideal candidate. The Leicester midfielder, associated with Axel Witsel for three games, was several good shots and offered a delicious cross to Michy Batshuayi for the only goal in Poland.

A good leader, Tielemans served a warning to the rest of the group, who suffered a late equalizer in Wales and almost had that ugly trick played out in Poland.

We still suffered and we must work to kill the match, score the second goal to take cover, said Tielemans at the microphone of RTBF. But here it is, Simon [Mignolet] made a superb save and we had a bit of luck which gave us the victory.

Otherwise, the other big question mark, notes former coach René Vandereycken, is the Devils’ ability to create something on the flanks when the opponent blocks the axis. For him, the solution will not come from pistons like Timothy Castagne or Thorgan Hazard.

Het Nieuwsblad. Mais il y en a qui ont ça en eux. Yannick Carrasco peut le faire. Mais s’il doit s’occuper de tout le couloir, ses actions en souffrent. Jérémy Doku peut faire ça aussi, mais il est trop limité sur le plan défensif pour être le seul homme sur le côté.”,”text”:”Ces gars-là ne se fient pas à leurs aptitudes de dribleurs, a écrit Vandereycken dans Het Nieuwsblad. Mais il y en a qui ont ça en eux. Yannick Carrasco peut le faire. Mais s’il doit s’occuper de tout le couloir, ses actions en souffrent. Jérémy Doku peut faire ça aussi, mais il est trop limité sur le plan défensif pour être le seul homme sur le côté.”}}”>These guys don’t trust their dribbling skills, Vandereycken wrote in Het Nieuwsblad. But there are those who have it in them. Yannick Carrasco can do it. But if he has to take care of the whole corridor, his actions suffer. Jeremy Doku can do that too, but he’s too limited defensively to be the only man on the side.

The lesson croats

Euphoria in Croatia! For the very first time, the Vatreni beat these Blues never mastered since they met them, in the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup.

With a penalty shot from the eternal Luka Modric, the Croats won 1-0 at Saint-Denis, no less, to conclude a badly started international window, on June 3, with a 3-0 loss at home. against Austria. But we don’t talk about it anymore.

He receives congratulations from a teammate with a smile.

Luka Modric scored with a penalty shot at the Stade de France.

Photo: Getty Images/AFP/FRANCK FIFE

Tomislav Dasovic, daily journalist Vecernji list, also convinced that the evil referees stole the 2018 final from his country, took out his poetic pen to call the Croatian performance a lesson in the temple of French football.

This match showed all the value of the Modric trio, [Marcelo] Brozovic and [Mateo] Kovacic, he wrote. No other national team has such a concentration of talent, and especially not France, which only counts on runners without bursts of creativity when matadors like those [du sélectionneur Zlatko] Dalic appear on the other side.

Modric, more tempered, recognized that France was the black beast from Croatia. That era is over. Croatia, who drew Didier Deschamps’ side on June 6 before beating Denmark four days later, are 2nd in their group in Nations League A while France face relegation to League B .

Dasovic also highlights the work of two defensive players from the Croatian championship: goalkeeper Ivica Ivusic (currently at Osijek, but also spent with Inter, in particular) and central back Josip Sutalo (Dinamo de Zagreb), who played his first two games for the national team against Denmark and France without giving the opponent a goal.

Against the Blues, right-back Josip Stanisic was playing his fifth match for his country. Centre-back Martin Erlic, his third. Guys who played in defense will go to Qatar if they continue like this, said coach Dalic after the match in France. They will take a well-deserved vacation for the time being, after 4 games in 10 days, a calendar inhuman according to Modric.

The Moroccan surprise box

No League of Nations in Africa, but qualifications for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) of 2023. With a harvest of six points in two games, a small draw in their last two meetings will be enough for the Lions of the Atlas to enter the tournament.

Are you all right, Madame la Marquise? Nay!

If $5 had to be deducted from manager Vahid Halilhodzic’s salary for every criticism he receives these days, the Bosnian would be a volunteer long ago. Already maligned before the international window, he did not help his cause on June 1 with a dismal 3-0 defeat against the United States in Cincinnati.

A real fiascowrote journalist Amine El Amri, from Morningwho argues thatabsolutely nothing only worked for the coach, insomnia now awaits.

He gives directions by extending his right hand to the field.

Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic is the target of many critics.

Photo: USA Today Sports – Katie Stratman

If Halilhodzic worked night and day to correct the shortcomings of his team, the fruit of his labor did not convince. Morocco has therefore won twice in qualifying for the CAN, 2-1 against South Africa and 2-0 against Liberia (two of the four goals were the work of Sevilla striker Youssef En -Nesyri), but the local press continues to deplore the poor game of the Lions.

Morocco squandered plenty of chances in their opener, against Bafana Bafana, and only scored the winning goal in the 88th minute. Under the circumstances, the Moroccan players seemed to understand that we could criticize them. Captain Romain Saïss even allowed himself a comment which could be interpreted as an arrow towards the coach.

Matin. On n’a pas envie d’aller là-bas pour prendre des raclées pendant trois matchs et rentrer avec des regrets.”,”text”:”Il y a des choses qu’il faut vraiment travailler, car face à des équipes d’un meilleur niveau, on va en prendre plus. Tactiquement, il faut qu’on progresse pour espérer faire quelque chose en Coupe du monde, a-t-il indiqué au Matin. On n’a pas envie d’aller là-bas pour prendre des raclées pendant trois matchs et rentrer avec des regrets.”}}”>There are things that we really have to work on, because against teams of a better level, we will take on more. Tactically, we have to progress to hope to do something in the World Cup, he told the Morning. We don’t want to go there to take a beating for three games and come back with regrets.

Morocco also collected three points against Liberia, but we deplored a performance still below the level shown against South Africa. The press once again shot the coach for the many changes he made to his formation from match to match. The specialized site Atlas Lions summarizes by warning supporters: Don’t look for Vahid type XI, it doesn’t exist.

After a win without tasteaccording OpinionHalilhodzic says he doesn’t understand public expectations.

We are not favorites in our group, which is one of the most difficult in the World Cup, he told Arryadia TV. We are going to play against the vice-world champion, the team that finished 3rd, the best team in North America… it will be a World Cup with a lot of difficulty for us.

The next nine-day international window will open on September 19, with a possibility of two matches. A final opportunity for Belgium and Croatia to reach the Nations League finals, and for Morocco and Canada to compare themselves to rivals from other regions.

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