Group D clash as Les Bleus eye top spot and north Africans eye shock to qualify for last 16
DOHA , Qatar (AP) — When Belgium’s “Golden Generation” meets Croatia’s accomplished veterans in a decisive World Cup match on Thursday, there won’t be much room on the field for younger players. Croatia, which reached the final four years ago, and Belgium, which finished third in 2018, each rely on a vast array of experienced players. Croatia’s 20-year-old Joško Gvardiol and 25-year-old Nikola Vlašić, plus Belgium’s 21-year-old Charles De Ketelaere, are some of the exceptions — with Belgium’s 21
Canada, meanwhile, have only pride left to play for following a 4-1 defeat to Croatia after being edged out by Belgium in the opening Group F match after Alphonso Davies' first-half penalty was saved. Regragui, though, maintains Morocco must stay fully focussed against a team intent on finishing the tournament on a positive note as Canada look ahead to co-hosting the 2026 World Cup. "We know that we are coming up against a team which has got nothing to lose as they are already eliminated and will be out to hold their heads up high," said Regragui, who replaced Vahid Halilhodzic as Morocco head coach just three months ago.