Romelu Lukaku distraught after his series of terrible misses eliminates Belgium

Belgium, the world's second-ranked team, needed a win over Croatia on Thursday to avoid elimination and reach the World Cup round of 16. The Belgium players had promised unity and urgency in the face of rumors alleging total chaos in the squad, but the Red Devils again came out flat with Leandro Trossard and Dries Mertens leading the attack.

Belgium manager Roberto Martínez made the obvious halftime change: on came Romelu Lukaku for his longest appearance of the tournament so far after getting nine minutes against Morocco. He'd been struggling with an ongoing thigh injury but his country needed him now.

What happened next was honestly difficult to watch.

Romelu Lukaku misses vs Croatia

Lukaku's first effort was a downward header straight at the keeper from a tough angle.

Then, with the keeper off his line and the goal at his mercy, Lukaku struck the post.

His next miss would've been ruled out as the ball crossed the line before Kevin De Bruyne crossed it, but Lukaku's free header was terrible.  

Next he tried to redirect an effort at the near post but shinned it wide.  

Lukaku saved his worst effort for last. At this point, it's clear he wanted nothing to do with the ball. 

First came the tears.

Then came the anger.

Belgium joins Canada in being eliminated from Group F. Morocco wins it with seven points and Croatia finishes second with five. 

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