Legend offers free holiday in Croatia to Lukaku after mistakes
Ivan Rakitic retired from the Croatian national team and is enjoying the World Cup in Qatar as a fan, and as such, allowed himself one more joke with Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker wasted some good opportunities in yesterday’s match and Croatia secured passage to the next round thanks to his mistakes in finishing, while Rakitic did not spare his stings on “twitter”.
“Well done Lukakuuuuu. We will honor you for a month in Split. Bravooo”, says Rakitic in the video shared on social networks, finding a humorous way to thank the Belgian striker for the missed chances.
Romelu Lukaku missed FOUR huge chances as Belgium crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage. Roberto Martinez’s men beat 1-0 Canada in their first Group F fixture but then lost out to Morocco, who scored twice late in the second half. And with the North African side defeating Canada in their final outing, Belgium needed to beat Croatia in order to progress to the round of 16.
They were let off the hook in the first half as a controversial offside call denied Luka Modric the chance to put Croatia 1-0 up from the spot. Lukaku entered the fray at half-time as Belgium searched for that all-important goal and had at least FOUR massive opportunities fall to him.
But the Red Devils’ record goalscorer was incredibly wasteful when it mattered most. He smashed one against the post when the ball dropped kindly to him inside the area after a scramble. He was in utter disbelief as to how he had not found the net and that continued minutes later.
Lukaku again had his hands on his head after heading over the bar from just yards out when an open goal was presented to him. But that wasn’t all as Lukaku’s barren run in front of goal kept going.
The goal was gaping again when Lukaku snuck in at the far post from a Thorgan Hazard cross, yet he misjudged the flight of the ball and somehow could only chest it into the grateful clutches of goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic. His ‘disasterclass’ of a display saw him set an unwanted record as no other player in this year’s tournament has missed more big chances in a game.
He was consoled by Belgium assistant manager Thierry Henry after the game. Belgium finished third in the 2018 showpiece but have now been sent home early from Qatar, with their ‘Golden Generation’ era officially over.