Belgium Clinch World Cup Spot with Win against Croatia

David Richard – USA Today Sports

Belgium have been one of the most pleasant teams in the European qualifiers so far, and they finally clinched a World Cup berth today after an impressive win against Croatia by two goals to one while being away from home.

Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the first half for the visitors and it was enough for them to get three points and their place in Brazil next year. Nico Kranjcar pulled one back for Croatia when the game was almost over, but it didn’t really matter as they were massively outplayed by the Belgian side.

Their squad features several quality players like Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, just to name a few, so it’s really not a surprise that they’ve been able to clinch their place in Brazil next year. The most impressive thing is how simple they made it look.

With one game left in their schedule, Belgium have tallied 25 out of 27 possible points with eight wins and a draw. They have yet to lose a game and have received only three goals against them while scoring 17 times against their opposition.

Belgium returned to a World Cup after 12 years of absence. Their last appearance was in Korea-Japan 2002 and now, with a revamped roster and a lot of hope, The Red Devils will look to become one of the most exciting teams in next year’s world stage.

And after taking a deep look to their squad, it’s clear they have all the pieces to be one of the better sides in Brazil 2014.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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