FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium beats England 2-0 to claim third place finish
Monday, July 16, 2018
On Saturday, Belgium defeated England 2–0 in the third-place match of the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup. Thomas Meunier scored an early goal and Eden Hazard doubled the lead for Belgium in the 82nd minute to seal off the third place at the tournament.
England had more ball possession. Meunier opened the scoring for Belgium in the 4th minute, scoring a right-footed shot from within the penalty box, from Romelu Lukaku and 's attempts were blocked.'s assist. Chadli was in an offside position in the 13th minute, from 's through ball. In the 23rd minute, English striker missed a chance to equalise from 's assist. In the 39th minute, Belgium made their first substitution. Chadli was substituted off due to injury and was replaced by . Just before the first half whistle, Belgium tried to double the lead but
In the second half, England made a double substitution, as Thibaut Courtois, but the attempt was blocked by Belgian defense. Moments later, tried to head the ball in the goal, but the ball went wide. Maguire was booked in the 76th minute. English goalkeeper stopped Belgium from doubling their lead in the 80th minute on the counter-attack, but two minutes later, Belgium scored their second goal. De Bryune assisted Hazard, and Hazard scored a right-footed shot from within the penalty area. In the injury time, Axel Witsel was shown a yellow card. Moments later, the referee blew the final time whistle and Belgium won the third place in the tournament.and came on for and Sterling. English defender was the first to get a yellow card. He was booked in the 52nd minute for a bad foul. At the one-hour mark, Lukaku was taken off for . In the 70th minute, Rashford assisted , and Dier nearly equalised for England, chipping the ball over Belgian goalkeeper
After the match, Belgium's coachsaid, "We wanted to win it. When you beat Brazil and get into the semi-final, the focus has to be to try to win the World Cup. But you need to be realistic when you finish the tournament and look back. These players made history back in Belgium and that's all that matters. These players deserve to have that accolade."
English coachsaid, "In the end we are very proud of what we've done. We're under no illusions as to where we stand as a team; we've finished in the final four but we're not a top-four team yet, we know that and we've never hidden behind that. Against the very best teams we've come up short but we've had a wonderful adventure and some experiences that will stand this group of players and staff in really good stead for the future. I couldn't ask any more of any of the players today or right the way through the seven weeks we've worked together."
Hazard won the Budweiser Man of the Match award.
|July 14, 2018|
|Belgium||2–0||England||Saint Petersburg, Russia, |
Referee: ( )
|Thomas Meunier 4'
Eden Hazard 82'
Axel Witsel 90+3'
Romelu Lukaku 60'
|1–0 (HT)|| 52' |
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