Belgium defeated England 2-0, the third place in FIFA Russia 2018.
England’s World Cup campaign ended in a very disappointing manner as they were beaten by Belgium 2-0 in the third-place play-off in St Petersburg, Saturday yesterday.
The Gareth Southgate’s side delivered the Three Lions’ best showing at the tournament since 1990 but finished with back-to-back losses after the agonising 2-1 semi-final defeat in extra time against Croatia.
The Belgium team who missed out on reaching their first final when they were beaten by France in the last four came into the third-place match with full force, full-back Thomas Meunier, who was suspended for the previous game, slotted in Saturday’s opening goal from close range after just four minutes.
Belgium captain Eden Hazard was impressive throughout the contest and scored his side’s second goal with seven minutes remaining.
Midfielder Kevin de Bruyne forced Jordan Pickford into a fine one-handed save shortly after and the Everton goalkeeper also made a sharp save to keep out Meunier’s thumping volley.
England looked flat after their efforts on Wednesday and was second best in the opening period, before threatening to find a breakthrough in the second half.
Eric Dier’s low drive was comfortable for Thibaut Courtois and Dier then had a dinked shot brilliantly cleared off the line by Tottenham team-mate Toby Alderweireld.
As Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku failed to find the net, it means opposite number Harry Kane, who came closest to netting by scuffing a shot wide, continues to lead the Golden Boot race with six goals.
The World Cup final takes place in Moscow this Sunday (kick-off 16:00 BST), with 1998 champions France taking on Croatia.
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