A comprehensive win for Belgium means they finish 3rd in the WOrld Cup. Belgium locked horns against Three Lions in St. Petersburg and they won the match 2-0.
Setting the Scene:
Belgium were halted by France as the Belgians were beaten 1-0 in the Semi Final courtesy of a solitary Umtiti goal.
England, who had high hopes of winning the World Cup also faltered in the Semi Final, as they were toppled by Croatia who came from behind to win 2-1. Dier gave Three Lions the lead but Perisic equalised in the second half, and Mandzukic scored the winner in the Extra Time to take Croatia to the Final for the very first time.
Belgium had a flying start to the game as Thomas Meunier gave them the lead within the first five minutes of the game. Nacer Chadli was left through in the left hand side and his cross was poked in efficiently by the PSG man, to give his country a massive lead. English defense was all over the place in the fist half but Belgium couldn’t capitalize as De Bruyne and Lukaku were denied by Jordan Pickford, the English custodaian. Chadli’s injury meant he was replaced by former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen and it was 1-0 to Belgium after the end of the first half.
In the second half, England made a couple of changes but still couldn’t break the Belgian defense. They threatened to come back on level terms, but the gritty Belgium side held on. The match was put to bed on 82nd minute when De Bruyne found Hazard and he made no mistake to double the Belgium advantage. The lack of creativity of England made them ruing as the match ended 2-0 for Belgium and they finish at the 3rd place in the World Cup.
Starting Line Up:
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Chadli (Vermaelen); De Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku
England: Pickford; Jones, Stones, Maguire; Trippier, Dier, Delph, Rose (Lingard), Loftus-Cheek; Kane Sterling (Rashford)