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The 2018 World Cup saw Belgium and England clash once again, but the result was once again the same. This time, Belgium secured even a more comfortable win against the Lions to secure the third place.
Goals from Meunier and Hazard sealed the third place of the 2018 World Cup for Belgium.
Thomas Meunier scored in the opening minutes and Eden Hazard added a goal late in St. Petersburg. The victory meant Belgium secured their best finish at a World Cup.
Meunier scored in the fourth minute after Romelu Lukaku opened the England defence. He turned in Nacer Chadli’s low cross from six yards.. It was the earliest goal ever scored by Belgium in a World Cup match. Hazard then capped the scoring in the 82nd minute with his third goal of the World Cup when he collected a feed from Kevin De Bruyne.
The ball deflected off Phil Jones’ right heel and calmly finished past Jordan Pickford in the bottom left corner. England matched their fourth-place finish from 1990.
Their best chance in the first half was a strike by Harry Kane that went wide in the 22nd minute. And, then in the 70th minute, Eric Dier’s chip over Thibaut Courtois was swept away at the goal line by Toby Alderweireld.
Harry Kane’s struggles in the knockout rounds continued. But with Lukaku unable to add to the four he netted in Group G, Kane is still leading the golden boot race. Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann are three goals behind Kane’s tally of six. Both are set to play the final of the World Cup against Croatia.
Southgate responded to the deficit by introducing Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard in place of Sterling and Danny Rose at the interval. But nothing worked out for Southgate in the end and England had to remain satisfied with the fourth position.
FT: Belgium 2-0 England
Meunier 4′ | Hazard 82′