Belgium, that was pathetic! Winners, losers & ratings as hopeless Belgium crash out of World Cup after Lukaku horrorshow
In a chaotic week involving reported rifts within the squad and just about all the eyes of the footballing world on them, Belgium's performance was chaotic in all the wrong ways.
Roberto Martinez's side crashed out of Qatar 2022 having failed to make it out of the group stages following a lifeless draw with Croatia.
And while ahead of kick-off a draw was good enough to advance, they almost fell behind inside the first minute thanks to a swift kick-off routine involving Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic. In part, that told the story of the game; Croatia weren't sharp enough, but Belgium were even worse, and never looked like actually sustaining a consistent threat.
The tempo upped somewhat after the break, but considering Morocco were ahead against Canada, it wasn't anywhere near good enough. Romelu Lukaku coming off the bench to miss as many as four glorious opportunities - the first two of which were open nets - painted a dismal picture of Belgium's reality. With each one squandered, elimination looked more and more inevitable.
Eden Hazard being given a handful of minutes in the dying embers was truly the last roll of the dice, but was of course not enough to get the Red Devils - currently second in FIFA's world rankings - over the line and into the World Cup knockout stages.
GOAL runs through the winners, losers, and player ratings on an admittedly dark hour in Belgium's football history.