Egypt, who were denied a place at the World Cup by Senegal in a dramatic penalty shootout, are their opponents as the Red Devils prepare to face Canada, Morocco, and Croatia in Group F.
Date, kick-off time, and venue
Belgium vs Egypt is scheduled for a 3 pm GMT kick-off on Friday, November 28, 2022.
Belgium has failed to hit the heights expected of them in recent years but World Cup glory could finally be on the cards if they manage to overcome Canada, Morocco, and Croatia in Group F.
The Belgian Red Devils, who have one of the most star-studded squads in international football, will compete alongside fellow
World Cup 2018 semi-finalists Croatia, who ended up as runners-up four years ago, and African underdogs Morocco and Canada, with the latter making just their second-ever finals appearance. Morocco vs Belgium Live
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Mirror Football tells you all you need to know about Group F’s participants, including how they qualified, who the main ones to watch will be, and the key dates for all the games.
Could this finally be the year Belgium lives up to all the hype? Quarter-finalists in 2014 and semi-finalists in 2018 suggest that a place in the final is next up in 2022 for one of Europe’s strongest and deadliest outfits.
Bowing out at the quarter-finals stage of Euro 2020 was disappointing, while a fourth-place finish at the Nations League finals last year shows they still can’t quite dominate the European scene.
Nonetheless, going unbeaten with six wins from eight games in qualifying comfortably booked their spot in Qatar. Morocco vs Belgium Live
Quality in Belgium’s team comes in abundance, with Kevin de Bruyne remaining the standout asset. Fellow midfielders Axel Witsel and Youri Tielemans make up an impressive midfield trio, while Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, and Eden Hazard forms part of a deadly attack – regardless of their recent club form.
Rabat – Before their World Cup matches, the Atlas Lions will play a friendly match against Georgia on Thursday, November 17 in the UAE. The match is part of the Atlas Lions’ preparation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The game will kick off tomorrow at 5:00 pm (GMT+1), with Moroccan sports channel Arryadia broadcasting the match live on its TNT HD channel.
Morocco has so far played two friendly matches against Chile and Paraguay ahead of the global tournament. The Atlas Lions defeated Chile 2-0 but drew 0-0 with Paraguay in their second friendly.
Morocco’s Football Federation (FRMF) reported that the national team’s players will travel to Qatar for their third friendly match in preparation for the global competition, which will take place from November 20 to December 18.
Following an almost nine-month absence due to a dispute with Morocco’s former head coach Vahid Halilhodzic, Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech made a comeback in the two friendly games.
Moroccans have high hopes for the national team in the World Cup, especially given the return of Ziyech and the appointment of Walid Regragui as the team’s new head coach.
Walid Regragui, Morocco’s head coach, selected 26 football players for the World Cup, including Hakim Ziyech, Abderrazak Hamdallah, Achraf Hakimi, and Bilal El Khannouss, among others.
The World Cup draw put Morocco in Group F along with Belgium, Croatia, and Canada.
The national team’s first World Cup game will be against Croatia on November 23, followed by a match against Belgium on November 27, and the third game against Canada.
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The two sides could both reasonably be touted as dark horses in this year’s tournament, and they have been placed in an intriguing Group F.
Also in the group are Croatia, who reached the 2018 World Cup final, and Canada, who have qualified for their first tournament since 1986.
Belgium starts their tournament against Canada, while Morocco faces Croatia, so this game has some real stakes attached to it.
Belgium, in particular, will have ambitions of going deep into the tournament, and potentially even winning the tournament, while Morocco will hope to reach the knockout stages.
How they qualified
Belgium finished unbeaten at the top of their group to qualify for the World Cup, having won six matches — Estonia (twice), Belarus (twice), Wales, and Czech Republic — and drawn twice.
They scored for fun (25 times in their eight matches) and only conceded six goals overall. It was another dominant campaign as we are used to seeing from Belgium over recent years.
Style of play
Head coach Roberto Martinez is still keen on the 3-4-2-1 (or 3-4-3 at times) formation which has been successful for him over the years.
Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne will be the two creative players behind striker Romelu Lukaku, and this team will play on the front foot and attack a lot. Defensively, they struggle more as they lack pace and have older players (Toby Alderweireld is 34 in March; Jan Vertonghen is 35.)
This is the last opportunity for Belgium’s so-called “Golden Generation” to finally win something. They have come close — four years ago in Russia and even more recently in the Nations League — but they have always lacked something.
They have the best goalkeeper in the world Thibaut Courtois and the best midfielder in the world De Bruyne, so things can happen for Belgium. There is talent and youth in this squad and Martinez will have big calls to make, especially if Hazard and Lukaku are not fully fit.
The fitness of key players is the main issue here and the main weakness for Belgium. Lukaku has been injured since August and faces a race to make the final squad, while Hazard has hardly played this season. There will be no time before the start of the tournament for them to catch up with fitness work.
The squad is an aging one, too, unbalanced in certain positions and too much rests on De Bruyne’s shoulders in terms of creative responsibilities.
The scars from past disappointments in big tournaments (losses to Wales at Euro 2016 in the quarterfinals; France in the 2018 World Cup semifinals; Italy in the quarterfinals at Euro 2020) will weigh heavy on them as well.
Star player: Kevin De Bruyne
The Manchester City midfielder is hitting his best form at the right time. He is decisive for City in the Premier League and Europe and will arrive at the World Cup in great shape, unlike at Euro 2020. At 31, this could be his last World Cup, so he will want to take the team as far as possible.
He will have plenty of freedom to do his thing and the rest of the squad will be hoping that he can inspire them to become one of the teams of the tournament.