FIFA World Cup 2018 highlights, Belgium vs England: Nothing for England apart from Harry Kane’s Golden Boot. Gareth Southgate’s men never looked in contention to win this match. They were pegged back by Belgium in the first half and were wasteful in the second. Kevin De Bruyne pulled the strings in both of Belgium’s goals and they thus finish the 2018 World Cup in third place. It is their best finish ever in the tournament and their golden generation of players finally have something to show for all the quality they possess.
Belgium collect their medals
FIFA president Gianni Infantino is accompanied by a few other white-haired bigwigs in blazers and take their place on the make-shift podium before handing out medals to the Belgian squad. They then post around a third-place placard. It is a time to celebrate for Belgium. After many promises, its golden generation finally delivers. It may not be the trophy that they would have wished for, but it is an honour nonetheless and they now have something to show for all the work that has been put into making this national squad as strong as it is now. This team is the new benchmark for future players to look up to and eventually surpass. That is it from us for today, but do join us tomorrow for we will be coming out all guns blazing for THE BIG ONE.
FULL TIME! Belgium 2-0 England, Belgium finish third in the 2018 World Cup
Belgium's best ever finish in a World Cup. England pay the price of being totally wasteful in the second half. They have had a total of 15 attempts in this match and no goals to show. Belgium have also been guilty of missed opportunities but most of it were in the first half. In the second, they managed to cause a lot of problems whenever they managed to stage counter-attacks and Hazard scored from one of them.
Belgium are cruising now. Hard to see how England can come back from this. So the only thing they will be taking back home is a Harry Kane's Golden Boot and a lot of good vibes.
GOAL! Belgium 2-0 England (Eden Hazard 82 mins)
De Bruyne to Hazard, game over. Belgium come at England again, De Bruyne plays it through to Hazard ahead of him. Hazard moves towards goal, this time Stones cannot close him down quickly enough, and the Chelsea man puts it past Pickford.
Belgium with an absolute jewel of a counter-attack and they are denied by a sensational piece of goalkeeping by Pickford. De Bruyne was the architect and he passes it out wide to Mertens on the left. Mertens crosses it first time to Meunier on the far side and the latter takes the shot first time, Pickford dives to get his hand to a ball that was coming at some speed. Eye candy.
England win a free kick in the right midfield area, it is swung in by Trippier and Maguire gets at the end of it, his header is just wide of the post.
Another England corner and Dier comes close once again. England are getting closer and closer and Kane is almost invisible in all this.
Rashford plays in Dier and the latter runs at the keeper, he manages to chip it past him and Alderweireld comes to Belgium's rescue, clearing the ball off the line.
Eric Dier with a shot from outside the box and that goes just wide of the target. Just before that, Trippier's corner was swung into the edge of the box and Kane hit a tragicomedy of a shot.
De Bruyne slips a ball through the middle into the box with Lukaku trying to control it, Pickford is first to it and picks it up easily.
England have had a bright start to this second half and they would have been level had it not been for Kane's uncharacteristic inefficiency in front of goal. Lingard receives the ball from a Trippier throw in and sends a low cross into the middle. Kane only has to get a foot to it but he arrives a tad bit late and the ball simply flies across the face of goal.
Stones hounding Hazard and has his hands all over him, the Chelsea is man is eventually bullied off the ball and Stones is booked for that. He seems quite happy to take that yellow card.
HALF TIME, Belgium 1-0 England
Belgium are head and shoulders above England and deserve this lead. England have very rarely looked like they are going to put Courtois' goal in danger and Kane has been a disappointment.
England trying to find a way through the Belgian defence and they lose possession via some sloppy play by Maguire, the ball comes to Lukaku who is one on one with John Stones. Manchester United vs Manchester City here and Stones does very well to prevent Lukaku from going on his left foot and finding space.
A lull in the run of play, which is only fitting for a match as pointless as this. Belgium are just tossing the ball around as they also line up a change. They finally piece together an attacking move when De Bruyne passes it wide to Meunier. The full-back tries to put a low cross in and it is cleared by Maguire.
Belgium is temporarily reduced to 10 men because Chadli had hurt himself in that little move and he is yet to be replaced. England try to put some pressure on the Belgium defence but to not much avail.
Belgium break with Kevin De Bruyne, passes it to Chadli on his left and he tries to find Hazard. He does so successfully but Hazard has a lot to do against Maguire and eventually the ball runs out of play.
Thomas Meunier snatches a bouncing ball away from Danny Rose who is the only one privy to the knowledge of what he was trying to do with it in the first place, he charges down the left and puts the cross in, Lukaku is late to arrive and England get away with that one.
Rare chance there for England, Dier raises the ball to Sterling at the edge of the box, he moves into the box and cuts inside to pass the ball to the arrivint Harry Kane who has a clear chance, the England captain jabs it wide.
It is all Belgium at the moment. England are only opening up more gaps for Belgium to exploit whenever they try to attack and they are now being pegged back into their own third.
GOAL! Belgium lead
Early breakthorugh for Belgium! A pinpoint cross by Eden Hazard and Meunier pokes it into the net from six yards. Belgium are ahead in the fourth minute and what seemed like a dull contest has suddenly sprung to life.
And we are underway. England in red and Belgium in yellow for a change. England are on the charge and Fabian Delph takes a shot but it flies wide.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Phil Jones start for England in the third-place game among five changes made by coach Gareth Southgate. There's also a start for Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose. Harry Kane, tournament's leading scorer, remains in the lineup.
The players dropped to the bench are Ashley Young, Kyle Walker and the central midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli.
Two changes for Belgium who have had a day's extra rest. Thomas Meunier and Youri Tielemans will start in the Belgian midfield in place of Marouane Fellaini and Moussa Dembele.
Belgium XI: Thibaut Courtois, Alderweireld Toby, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Alex Witsel, Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku
England XI: Jordan Pickford; Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose; Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eric Dier; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane
It's coming home?
Many found 'It's Coming Home' chant to be a celebration of winning the title and an arrogant way of going about it. Roy Keane, following the defeat to Croatia, believed England got ahead of themselves. As did the fans. Interesting perspective from former England striker Gary Lineker and journalist Oliver Holt with the Daily Mail. What are your thoughts?
Dear non English football fans.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 14, 2018
Football’s coming home is a fun song highlighting the lack of success of our football team for decades. No one really thought we’d win it. I totally get why you might think it was arrogance, but it’s more our self deprecatory sense of humour. 👍🏻
As for criticising England fans for singing 'It's Coming Home'. Really? Get over yourselves. Depends what you think 'it' was referring to.— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) July 14, 2018
England vs Belgium LIVE
New faces, same tactics for Belgium vs England, says coach Roberto Martinez. “It will be the same tactical game, there are no secrets between the two sides,” Martinez predicted. “I think there is a clarity about how England have been successful in this tournament. They are very dynamic, very quick. They use that very well. They are also a team that have scored nine goals from dead ball situations, which is going to be a good test for us. We will need concentration. And then we’ll have to cope with this system they have developed, a 5-3-2 which is very well synchronised but I don’t think there will be any surprises in this game from the game you saw in the group phase.”
England vs Belgium
England and Belgium's other previous engagements in the FIFA World Cup 2018 both went into extra time. In 1954 they fought out a 4-4 stalemate in Basel that remains the highest-scoring draw in the event's history, together with Colombia-USSR 1962. The next skirmish, in the Round of 16 in 1990, was only decided by 119-th minute David Platt goal that clinched a 1-0 victory for the Three lions.
England vs Belgium Third place play-off
This is the second play-off for third place to involve Belgium, who lost 4-2 after extra time to France in 1986, in what remains the only third-place decider to have gone beyond regular time. England are also playing their second play-off for third place, after losing the 1990 consolation match 2-1 to Italy.
Head to Head
Belgium and England have already faced other 22 times and England have a much better record with 15 victories to Belgium's two, plus five draws. Their most recent engagement was in the group stage of this year's World Cup, which ended 1-0 in favour of Belgium following an Adnan Januzaj goal.
Belgium vs England statistics
Natasha Singh previews Belgium vs England match:
"When they met in the final group match, both England and Belgium had their spots in the Round of 16 already booked. The only significance of the match was to decide who will finish as group toppers and runner-ups. Belgium manager Roberto Martinez switched nine players and England manager Gareth Southgate, who became a national hero, brought in eight. Ultimately, Belgium won 1-0 through Adnan Januzaj’s curling shot to end up as group toppers and they were handed the tougher side of the draw in Japan, Brazil and France."
Belgium vs England Live
Hello and welcome to our Live Blog on Belgium vs England Live match. This fixture would mean little to both the teams, considering they have been knocked out from the tournament, and will not be lifting the trophy. But for what it's worth, England and Belgium would give their all to win this one, to get one final moment of glory before bowing down from the competition. Bragging rights will be at stake, while redemption will be the gift. Who will win the match?