Belgium and England reluctantly meet again

Saint Petersburg Stadium

Saint Petersburg Stadium

A Belgian electronics company has vowed to give refunds to thousands of customers today after Eden Hazard's goal in his country's 2-0 World Cup third place play-off victory over England.

80th minute, 1-0 Belgium: A fantastic Belgium counter attack almost ends with another goal from Thomas Meunier, but his powerful volley is saved by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Kane has looked exhausted towards the end of England's knockout matches but six goals in six games have made him the World Cup's leading scorer, two ahead of Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku and three in front of France forward Antoine Griezmann.

Football's not coming home, but it's still taking a slight detour as England meet Belgium in the World Cup third/fourth place play-off on Saturday.

England striker Harry Kane was again disappointing, missing an obvious chance in the first half as he dragged the ball wide from a Raheem Sterling ball, but is in line to win the Golden Boot with his six goals at the tournament.

At least Kane is a step nearer the Golden Boot, after closest rival Romelu Lukaku, two goals behind, appeared to have lead in his despite having the chances he needed to draw level before he was substituted on the hour-mark.

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Belgium's previous best finish at the World Cup was fourth, but the team outplayed England in the midfield to go one better this time.

England matched its best World Cup result - fourth in 1990 - since winning the tournament for the only time in 1966.

Croatia have never reached a World Cup final while France are bidding to win their first since claiming it on home soil in 1998. All three of those "internet TV" services require credit card information and subscription fees, but they all offer seven-day free trial periods.




Belgium did not have to push too hard to make the difference thanks to an early goal and some collective discipline.

Roberto Martinez switched nine players and Southgate brought in eight, a decision he described as a no brainer in the circumstances.

It wasn't to be for England, as Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic ensured that Gareth Southgate's team would be playing in the match nobody wants to be a part of.

"We don't want to take anything but a positive feeling out of the World Cup".

England were on top for most of the second half but with captain Harry Kane looking exhausted, Belgium's greater sharpness in the final third proved decisive.

"We are better than England", he told reporters at a press conference, as reported by Reuters.

Here's another stat on Meunier's goal.

Once Alli and Lingard introduced in the second half, England's game picked up pace and they were creating a lot. But.

"We want to finish on a high and these players deserve to finish on a high", said the Spaniard.

But Belgium still posed a danger and another scintillating counterattack, arguably its best of the tournament so far, ended with Jordan Pickford producing a stunning save to deny Meunier his second.

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