Belgium third in World Cup after 2-0 win over England

Posted July 15, 2018

Belgium defeated England 2-0 to win third place in World Cup 2018 on Saturday, with an early goal from Thomas Meunier and a late insurance strike by Eden Hazard accounting for the scoring.

Belgium were bitterly disappointed not to have made the final after an end-to-end semi-final against France but third is their highest finish at a World Cup, their previous best being fourth in 1986.

Meunier scored in the fourth minute, knocking a cross from Nacer Chadli past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

However, he insisted that will not alter England's approach as they look to achieve their best finish since they won the competition in 1966.

There was a good tempo to the first half, although England had to wait until the 23rd minute for a chance as Harry Kane volleyed wide from inside the box.

Toby Alderweireld was forced to clear an Eric Dier effort off his line at full stretch after a neat exchange between the midfielder and Rashford ended with a chip over Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois. While Belgium won all of their games en route to their 2-1 loss to finalists France, England's only group match loss came at the hands of the Red Devils, although the result proved to be meaningless, before their exit in a 2-1 defeat to Croatia in extra-time.

The man who restored England's mojo at the World Cup, and brought the waist coast (or vest) back into fashion, has signed off after a fourth-place finish with some love for Russian Federation. Third place is a minimum for us.

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The two replacements in Belgium's lineup were more effective.

England: Pickford 6, Jones 5, Stones 7, Maguire 6, Trippier 7, Dier 6, Delph 6, Rose 6, Loftus-Cheek 6, Sterling 5, Kane 5. It is a style of football England will hope to adopt at the European Championships in 2020, but they're missing a genuine world class midfield player, or two.

After they play Belgium they will check out on Sunday morning and fly home to Birmingham Airport, although officials have warned fans at home not to come and see the players.

"We want to finish on a high and these players deserve to finish on a high", said the Spaniard. Constantly tortured England defence with marvellous passes between the lines and assisted on Eden Hazard's insurance goal.

Both Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku failed to score, leaving the English forward as the heavy favorite to win the Golden Boot in Russian Federation. England. I think Harry Kane scores another goal to increase his lead on the Golden Boot, making it a ideal 10/10 Tottenham.

MF Eric Dier, 7 - Looked nearly certain to be overwhelmed in midfield as Belgium dominated the first half, and was not ambitious enough with his passing.

Kane last scored in England's win over Colombia in the round of 16.

On two occasions De Bruyne made use of the space and time afforded to him by threading two gorgeous through balls into the striker's path, once in the first half and again the second, but typically, both times his first touch was dire.

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