Both were the last to make Brazilian fans suffer, but today it is they, Germany and Belgium, who are suffering at the World Cup in Qatar.
Both are at considerable risk of saying goodbye to the Championship still in the group stage, which would be a huge upheaval – and, at the same time, great joy for the most fanatical Brazilian.
Golden and complicated generation
The big upset on Sunday 27 in Qatar was Belgium’s 2-0 loss to Morocco at the stadium Al thumama🇧🇷 Kevin De Bruyne, Eden risk and company once again reinforced the poor impression of debut, as they managed only a meager 1-0 victory over Canada (who today beat Croatia 4-1).
Belgium’s lack of efficiency was great, especially in attack. The team again dominated possession (67%), but just didn’t know what to do. The penalty came in the last third of the match. In the 28th minute of the second half, the Moroccans opened the scoring thanks to a small assist from goalkeeper Courtois, who failed to stop a poisoned free kick.
As Belgium fought for the draw and for the point that would make the difference in their position in the standings, the Moroccan 2-0 appeared, in the 47th minute of the second half.
Third in the World Cup in Russia in 2018, eliminating Brazil in the quarter-finals, Belgium is experiencing a rare difficulty in its recent trajectory in World Cups.
After two absences from the World Cups, in 2006 and 2010, the country which relied on the “golden generation” of lukaku🇧🇷 riskCourtois and De Bruyne can say goodbye to the World Cup on Thursday (1st), against Croatia, leader of the group.
The mathematics of classification is correct. Only the victory over the Croats ranks Belgium (3rd, with three points) without depending on the result of the other match (Morocco x Canada).
The Moroccans are second in the table (with four points) and should, logically, beat the Canadians, who hold the bottom of the group, without points so far.
Employment bills aren’t the only issues Belgians have to deal with. At the end of the match, defender Jan Vertonghen countered the criticism made the day before by midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. “We attacked badly because we’re also very old up front,” said the defender, of De Bruyne ignoring Belgium’s title chances by saying his generation missed the chance in 2018.
The stupidity was not the only one of the day. Goalkeeper Courtois was seen hitting the bench protection. And in the streets of Brussels, hundreds of Belgians and Moroccans fought in the streets.
Once Korea, now Costa Rica
Famous for their ruthless 7-1 victory over Brazil in the Mineirão in 2014, Germany, who won that World Cup, have since been in a tailspin in World Cups.
Eliminated during the first phase of the 2018 World Cup in Russia by South Korea, the German team was only a hair’s breadth from being beaten by Spain this Sunday (27), at the Al stadium. Bayt.
Germany “started” the 1-1 and the draw in the 38th minute of the second half, after losing 1-0.
Since he didn’t do his part, the Germans relied on the strength of Costa Rica, who beat Japan a few hours earlier. Japan’s victory over Germany in the first round was one of the big surprises of this Cup, and Germany will now have to parry another resounding fall: in the last round, they face Costa Rica, who lost in the in the first round against Spain by 7-0, but maintained their chances of qualification with today’s triumph over the Japanese.
Germany managed to balance the actions with Spain, who kept the ball and also failed to generate their attacking actions. A data allows to understand the parity: there were 11 shots by Germany, against 7 by Spain; to the right of the finals, 4 to 3 from Germany, which improved in the second leg, after the changes of the technician Hansi Flick.
The return to good football was Sunday’s best news for Germany. On the board, they saw a difficult situation, occupying the last position, with only one point in group E (Spain, with four points, and Japan, with three, would qualify today).
The key decision will also take place on Thursday, at 4 p.m. (Brasília time), with Germany x Costa Rica and Japan x Spain.
By one of the coincidences of football, there is even the possibility of a cross between Belgium and Germany in the round of 16. The two are in sequential groups (E and F) that will face each other in the first knockout.
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