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Official: Modric, Courtois, Carrasco, Witsel start in Croatia vs Belgium, Hazard dropped

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Belgium lock horns against Croatia for the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup group stages. The winner of this game will get a direct spot in the round of 16, and the Red Devils have made ample changes to their side after a reported dressing room fall-out.

Eden Hazard has been dropped from the starting lineup after two mediocre performances in a row. In his place, Robert Martinez gives the nod to inform Brighton & Hove Albion winger Leandro Trossard.

After being benched for the Morocco outing, Yannic Carrasco has been given the nod to start over Thorgan Hazard as the left-wingback. He will play alongside Atletico Madrid teammate Axel Witself, who takes up the role of the defensive midfielder.

Thibaut Courtois maintains his spot in goal, with Kevin de Bruyne captaining the team tonight. Michy Batshuayi has been benched in favour of Dries Mertens, too.

As for Croatia, their starting lineup remains unchanged from the impressive win against Canada. Luka Modric dons the captain’s armband as a central midfielder, partnered by former Real Madrid ace Mateo Kovacic.

Andrej Kramaric was on target twice vs Alphonso Davies’ and will start as the striker in this crucial game.

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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Getafe

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Atletico Madrid will be aiming to close the gap to third-placed Real Sociedad in the La Liga standings when they lock horns with Getafe on Saturday evening.

After a harrowing defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Los Rojiblancos returned to winning ways, securing a 1-0 victory over CA Osasuna last weekend.

And Diego Simeone & co. will be aiming to build on that result and cut down the gap to third-placed Sociedad, who are five points clear at this point.

Ahead of the game against Getafe, Simeone has released the Atletico Madrid squad list.

And deadline day signing Matt Doherty makes the cut. The Irish right-back joined from Tottenham Hotspur and could make his debut for the Colchoneros on Saturday evening against the Azulones.

Meanwhile, Stefan Savic is back in the squad after serving out his two-match ban for his sending-off in the game against Barcelona. Another boost for Atletico Madrid sees Marcos Llorente make a comeback after recovering from his injury.

Antoine Griezmann, Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and January signing Memphis Depay make up the attacking options for Atletico Madrid, along with Yannick Carrasco.

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