Substitute Romelu Lukaku hit a post for Belgium in the second half, but they needed to win to progress, while the point was enough for Croatia, who finished second in Group F behind winners Morocco. Belgium, number two in FIFA's world rankings, had failed to impress in their opening two group games - a 1-0 win against Canada and a 2-0 defeat to Morocco - and their latest setback could signal the end of an era for Roberto Martinez's 'golden generation'. Ivan Perisic went close to giving Croatia a dream start when he collected Luka Modric's pass and rifled a shot inches wide inside the opening 10 seconds.
AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Roberto Martinez is leaving as coach of Belgium’s national team following Thursday’s World Cup exit. “That was my last game for the national team,” Martinez said after a 0-0 draw with Croatia led to the team's elimination from the tournament in Qatar. Martinez coached Belgium to a third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup. He was in charge of the team for six years. ___ AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/world-cup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated
Canada, who had already been eliminated, fell behind early on thanks to a major error by goalkeeper Milan Borjan to gift Hakim Ziyech the opener. Youssef En-Nesyri thumped past Borjan to extend their first-half advantage, but Morocco allowed Canada to stay in it when Nayef Aguerd deflected in an own goal before the break. The Atlas Lions are into the knockout stages for the first time in 36 years, and now face a wait to find out their last-16 opponents, who will be the Group E runners-up.