Belgium Beats Croatia 2-1 to Claim Spot at 2014 Soccer World Cup

Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as Belgium defeated Croatia 2-1 to clinch a berth in the 2014 soccer World Cup.

The victory guarantees Belgium of finishing as the top team in its qualifying group. The winners of each of the nine European groups advance to next year’s 32-team tournament in Brazil, while the best eight runners-up enter a playoff for the continent’s remaining four spots.

Belgium is the third team to qualify from Europe, after the Netherlands and Italy. Germany and Switzerland will also claim places in Brazil with victories tonight, while Russia can also qualify.

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