Belgium stuns England 2-0 to win Russia 2018 bronze medal


Belgium are the third best country in the world after beating England for the second time in the tournament to win 2018 bronze medal.
It marks the country’s best result in a World Cup since 1990, when they also finished fourth, and is Belgium’s best-ever finish.
England went behind in the fourth minute when Belgium’s towering striker Romelu Lukaku played Eden Hazard a through out wide.
The Chelsea forward whipped the ball into the box and Thomas Meunier got ahead of Danny Rose to tap it in at the far post.
England played with passion and showed their ability with a number of chances, but ultimately weren’t able to bring the game level after slipping behind.
An incisive Belgium breakaway in the 82nd minute saw Hazard slip past Phil Jones and solidify the result.
Gareth Southgate made five changes to the starting eleven that lost against Croatia, although Harry Kane remained up front in a bid to win the golden boot award for the player with the most goals.
Kane finishes the tournament with six goals with his nearest competitor still to play, France’s Kylian Mbappe, on three.

England captain Harry Kane may still end the World Cup as the golden boot winner.

The game marked a downbeat end to the tournament for England, but it was a campaign that has sparked renewed hope in the national team.
Enda Brady, Sky’s correspondent in St Petersburg, wrote: “You could sum up this campaign in one word for England – progress. Maybe even pride.”
The team will now be look toward the UEFA Euro 2020 championship where they could expect to see the continued excitement of England fans with the semi-finals and finals expected to be played at Wembley.
The World Cup 2018 final will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday by France and Croatia.
Eden Hazard weaves his way through the English defence.

Although the team might be coming home, England can take consolation from helping the country fall back in love with their national team.
After the Three Lions lost to Croatia in the semi-final, there were few of the usual recriminations seen after England gets knocked out of a tournament.


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