Thanks to Wednesday night’s hard-fought 1-0 win by the Red Devils against Canada at the Ahmed bin Ali stadium on the first match day in group F at the World Cup in Qatar, and the scoreless draw between vice world champions Croatia and Morocco earlier in the day , the Belgians can already be sure of a place in the eighth finals on Sunday.
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For this, a victory against Morocco is needed in the Al Thumama stadium, on the second day of play in the group. With six points, the troops of national coach Roberto Martinez and co are always sure of a place in the eighth finals. A draw is not enough, regardless of the result in Sunday’s other game, which will be played between Canada and Croatia later in the day. In that scenario, the decision always falls on the final day.
In the case of qualifying for the last sixteen, the Devils will face a group E country anyway, including Spain, Germany, Japan and Costa Rica. Die Mannschaft already shot itself firmly in the foot on the opening day with a surprising defeat against Japan, Spain already finished with Costa Rica, which will be a bird for the cat in this group. The winner of the group of the Belgians will face the number two of group E. An eighth final against Japan is once again possible, as well as a quarter final against Brazil. That would be an exact copy of the course four years ago in Russia.
If the Devils reach the second round, it would be the fifth consecutive time at a major tournament and another record would be broken. With the win against Canada, a series of two losses in a row, against the Netherlands and Egypt, also ended. Martinez never lost three times in a row.