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Belgium - England
World Cup - 14 July 2018
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Belgium win to claim the bronze medal - their best ever finish at the World Cup. They just had too much for a young and inexperienced England side.
And that's it for England's remarkable adventure in Russia. They have reconnected with the country, but the last two performances have shown there is a long way to go. It has been a lot of fun but now Gareth Southgate's side must refocus and strive to improve for the European Championships in 2020.
Now we must look forward to France vs Croatia in tomorrow's World Cup final - it's going to be thrilling!
Three minutes will be added on.
After the disappointment fades, England will look back on a positive World Cup campaign. Football didn't quite come home but Southgate will be delighted with the progress this young side has made.
England's memorable World Cup is coming to a disappointing end. They have been second-best this afternoon. But if anyone had said the Three Lions would finish fourth in the World Cup before the tournament commenced they wouldn't have believed it.
And here comes Hazard once more, driving forward in a central area. De Bruyne is to his left, but Stones closes in and steals possession before he can play the pass.
- OffRuben Loftus-CheekEngland
- OnDele AlliEngland
ENGLAND SUB: Dele Alli replaces Loftus-Cheek for the remaining seven minutes.
- GoalEden HazardBelgium
GOAAAALLLL! Belgium 2-0 England
Game over. The phenomenal De Bruyne releases Hazard and in a scene reminiscent of the FA Cup final, the Chelsea forward gets behind Jones, before drilling the ball past Pickford.
GREAT SAVE AFTER A WONDERFUL MOVE!
Loftus-Cheek concedes possession and now Belgium are on the break. They produce a scintillating counter-attacking move, as De Bruyne releases Hazard, he crosses for Meunier whose first-time shot is brilliantly stopped by Pickford.
Lingard flicks on Trippier's cross but Kompany is well positioned to head it clear.
Belgium are content to sit deep and break on the counter-attack when the opportunity arises. And here they come, as De Bruyne leads the charge and feeds Mertens. The forwards cuts inside from the flank but curls his effort well wide of Pickford's goal.
Another chance for England goes begging! Trippier with yet another wonderful delivery finds Maguire at the back post, but the Leicester defender fails to direct his header on target.
Alderweireld climbs highest to head it out for a throw-in on the opposite side. The ball is released to Lingard whose cross finds Dier but he glances his header wide!
Can England make their pressure count? Now they have a free-kick in a wide position. Trippier takes, but it's headed behind for a corner. Rashford to take...
OFF THE LINE!
Dier plays a one-two with Rashford to carve open the Belgium defence! The Tottenham midfielder dinks it over Courtois but his club team mate Alderweireld makes a crucial goal-line clearance!
England are getting plenty of bodies forward and finding space in the wide areas now.
Loftus-Cheek is found on the left but his cross is deflected away from Kane. Then Rashford tries to deliver a cross but Vertonghen rises highest to clear.
Wow, De Bruyne is human after all as he plays a poor pass in the direction of Meunier and England recover possession.
England try a different approach from the corner this time, as Trippier finds Kane on the edge of the box. The Tottenham forward mis-hits his first-time effort and Belgium can now launch a counter-attack.
Lovely build-up play from England as they move the ball quickly in midfield, eventually working the ball to Trippier whose cross is turned behind by Meunier.
Belgium play the corner short, with Hazard dancing his way through a handful of England defenders. However, he is eventually stopped by Dier who makes a superb tackle on the edge of the box.
Hazard feeds Meunier on the overlap but Delph makes a crucial challenge to force the corner, as Belgium continue their pursuit of a second goal.
- OffRomelu LukakuBelgium
- OnDries MertensBelgium
BELGIUM SUB: And that spells the end of Lukaku's dream, as he is replaced by Dries Mertens for the final half-an-hour.
De Bruyne passes through the legs of Stones to deliver a beautiful ball to Lukaku who is through on goal but he takes a heavy touch and Pickford is off his line to smother the ball.
It's proving to be a frustrating afternoon for Lukaku, who still needs two goals to catch Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.
Belgium are caught sleeping as Trippier's throw-in finds Lingard in space on the edge of the box. His volley is agonisingly wide of Courtois' goal - it also just evaded the toe of Kane.
England have been much more positive since the restart. They are enjoying a spell of pressure now. Whatever Southgate said at the break has appeared to work.
But this time Trippier's corner delivery is catching practice for Courtois.
Trippier's cross is dangerous as he arrows it to the back post but Vertonghen is there to make a crucial intervention. The ball actually comes off the Belgian's shot as England win a corner.
Rashford is fouled on the left flank and now set-piece specialist Trippier has an opportunity to deliver a cross with the free-kick.
Loftus-Cheek has been one of England's better players this afternoon - and he's straight into the action in the second-half. He drives into the penalty area but Kompany tracks his run all the way and makes a crucial intervention, winning a goal-kick too.
- OffDanny RoseEngland
- OnJesse LingardEngland
Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford replaced Rose and Sterling at the break, with Southgate hoping the pair can make an immediate response as England seek an equaliser.
- 2nd Half
The second-half commences. England have made a couple of changes, details which I will have for you in a moment.
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A rapid counter-attack from Belgium sees Lukaku in a one-on-one situation with Stones but the Man City defender stands up to the task well, forcing a corner.
HALF-TIME: The referee blows the whistle for the half-time break before Belgium can take the set-piece. Kompany and Co. aren't happy!
Two minutes will be added on at the end of the first half.
De Bruyne is being afforded too much space in the centre of the park. He rolls it to Meunier on the right who tries a first-time low cross but England hack it clear.
At the opposite end, Kane and Sterling have barely had a touch of the ball. This young and largely inexperienced England side could learn a lot from Belgium and how they play their football.
How will that injury disrupt Belgium's game-plan? Roberto Martinez side have bossed the game so far. They are so cool in possession, they can hold the ball for two or three minutes. And they are so dangerous coming forward. Lukaku, De Bruyne and Hazard form such a formidable front line. Have they underachieved in Russia?
- OffNacer ChadliBelgium
- OnThomas VermaelenBelgium
BELGIUM SUB: Thomas Vermaelen takes the place of the injured Chadli.
Chadli is down and it seems as though the Belgian has pulled his hamstring. He's going to be forced off.
De Bruyne delivers his corner to the edge of the box for Tielemans who slices his shot. It falls to Alderweireld who volleys over.
Unbelievably, England have had 57 per cent of possession. But they have held in the ball in areas of the pitch Belgium are happy to allow them to.
And here comes Hazard again. How frightening it must be to look up and see the Chelsea player running at you. It doesn't faze Stones though who makes an inch-perfect tackle to block his shot from inside the area.
Hazard is such a beautiful footballer to watch. He is controlling the midfield. How desperately England need a player of his quality.
There is nothing quite like a footballer throwing himself into the line of fire to block a shot. There it is, Stones in front of Tielemans' venomous effort from the edge of the box.
Meunier nips in and steals the ball off Rose on the right but then delivers a cross which is too high for Lukaku who was perfectly positioned in the penalty area.
Clever run from Sterling as he latches onto Dier's long ball before laying it off to Kane. The Tottenham forward loses his balance as he tries the first-time shot which he screws well wide. He snatched at it.
England's set-pieces have caused so many headaches for so many teams during this World Cup. It begs the question: did Kane really deliver corners at France 2016? Or was it just a strange, disturbing dream?
England corner - and guess who wins it? Yep, 'slabhead' Maguire. But this time he heads it straight at Courtois.
Loftus-Cheek has little support so he goes it alone, dancing his way into the Belgian penalty area, twisting and turning before cutting the ball back into the danger area. But Kompany is there to hack it behind for a corner.
England's back three haven't looked comfortable. Hazard, Lukaku and especially De Bruyne, are causing them all kinds of problems.
Trippier, probably England's standout player in Russia, arches a cross into the penalty area where Loftus-Cheek is well positioned to meet, but his header is straight at Courtois. Better from England though.
England finally register a shot on target, but it's comfortable for Courtois as the Chelsea shot-stopper is equal to Delph's effort from range.
Another sign of warning from the Belgians. Lukaku is causing England all kinds of problems - this time his pass bobbles through to De Bruyne whose shot is deflected and well saved by Pickford who parries it away from goal.
Belgium continue with their bright start, with Lukaku leading yet another charge. He has options going forward, but chooses the wrong one as he plays the pass to De Bruyne and he's soon crowded out. Hazard was in space on the left.
Here come England, desperate to find an immediate equaliser. They work it wide to Trippier but his cross is too close to the goalkeeper.
England have looked relax in the opening minutes - and probably too relaxed. Now they are a goal down, and Southgate will be left fuming with his side's defending.
- GoalThomas MeunierBelgium
GOAAAALLLLL! Belgium 1-0 England
Well, that didn't take long, did it? England are opened up far too easily.
Lukaku is allowed too much space in midfield and he releases Chadli on the left. He glances up, spots Meunier in the box and delivers an inch-perfect cross. Meunier gets in front of Rose and slots it home for Belgium's opener.
- 1st Half
Belgium, in yellow, get us underway. England are in red.
We have heard the national anthems of Belgium and England for the final time at this World Cup and now it's time for the football...
Hold on to your seats, this is going to be fun!
Catch up time!
There are no fewer than six Tottenham players starting today's match...
Today's match may be considered as a 'meaningless' one by many, but trying telling that to the supporters inside the sold-out Krestovsky Stadium.
This is the second last World Cup game you will have the pleasure of watching for four whole years, so you may as well enjoy it! And, like Ben Snowball said in the piece below, there are normally goals aplenty in these third-place play-off games. Grab the popcorn...
The players have concluded their warm-ups and it is almost time for kick-off.
England's only other game in a World Cup third-place play-off match was at the 1990 World Cup - they faced Italy and lost 2-1.
What about Kieran Trippier, Romelu Lukaku? Who makes your Team of the Tournament?
Speaking to press pre-match, Martinez said "once the dust settles, it's very much an important fixture".
"You always want to push the achievements of a football nation," he added. "And they want to be the best Belgian team ever and are ready to perform."
There was little expectation on England to go any further than the quarter-final, but the same can't be said of Roberto Martinez's Belgium.
Carrying the 'golden generation' tag, the former Everton and Wigan manager was under pressure to deliver the nation's first ever World Cup trophy, but now third-placed is the best he can achieve.
Claiming a medal would still represent progression for the Belgians, as fourth-place is their best ever finish - back in 1986.
Dear me, a lot has happened since England were defeated 1-0 to Belgium in the group stage game 16 days ago.
Southgate: "We want to finish the tournament well. We have set a standard of how we work and how we play. We have high motivation to perform. We have a chance to win a medal at a World Cup, which only one other English team has ever done.
"There is a lot of motivation for us and Belgium have already beaten us, so we would like to address that as well."
The 2-1 extra-time defeat to Croatia was an incredibly disappointing and devastating way for England to exit the World Cup and while third-place can only be viewed as a consolation prize, it allows Gareth Southgate's side to create their own little bit of history.
Behind winning the World Cup in 1966, England have only ever finished fourth, back in 1990.
If you were thinking of skipping today's match, don't... Eurosport's Ben Snowball explains why.
Roberto Martinez keeps his promise of starting a strong team, as he makes just two changes. In come Thomas Meunier and Youri Tielemans, with Moussa Dembele and Marouane Fellaini dropping out.
Romelu Lukaku, who has four goals to his name and is the most likely player to catch Kane in the race for the Golden Boot, features from the start.
FIVE CHANGES FOR ENGLAND
Gareth Southgate rings the changes to his Three Lions starting XI with Phil Jones, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek coming into the fold.
Kyle Walker, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Ashley Young and Dele Alli all drop out.
Harry Kane, leading the Golden Boot race with six goals, leads the attack alongside Raheem Sterling who keeps his place despite facing criticism for his performances in Russia.
ENGLAND TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Pickford, Jones, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Dier, Delph, Rose, Loftus-Cheek, Sterling, Kane.
BELGIUM TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, Tielemans, Chadli, Lukaku, Hazard.
Hello and welcome! For the second time in two weeks England meet Belgium in the World Cup - but this time it's for the consolation prize of third-place.
We will have team news to follow in a moment...