MATCH CENTRE

SAT 14 JULY 2018, 16:00, SAINT PETERSBURG STADIUM

2
VS
0

Belgium’s ‘Red Devils’ pick up the bronze medals

by Graeme Jackson

Sat July 14, 18:07

Belgium claimed the bronze medals at the 2018 World Cup after they defeated England 2-0 in the third-place playoff at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

The ‘Red Devils’ scored their goals through Thomas Meuneir and Eden Hazard to claim the bronze medals and secure a second win over the ‘Three Lions’ at Russia 2018.

Belgium got off to a flyer and claimed the lead in the fourth minute. Romelu Lukaku’s fine pass gave Nacer Chadli the space to cross from the left and pick out Thomas Meunier, who got ahead of Danny Rose and stabbed the ball home from close range.

England took their time to establish themselves in the match, but midway through the first half they created a good chance to equalise, as Raheem Sterling teed up Harry Kane on the edge of the box, but the captain skewed his shot wide of the mark.

The ‘Red Devils’ suffered an injury blow late in the half as Nacer Chadli succumbed to what appeared to be a hamstring strain and was replaced by veteran Thomas Vermaelen, while the ‘Three Lions’ opted for a double change at the interval and introduced both Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.

England looked the more enterprising team through the second half and in the 70th minute only a great piece of defending denied them an equaliser: Eric Dier went clean through on goal and chipped the ball over Thibaut Courtois, only for Toby Alderweireld to make a brilliant clearance off the goal line.

Ten minutes later Belgium put together a superb passing move which ended with Meunier looking to score his second goal, but his stinging volley was well saved by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to keep England in contention.

Yet the ‘Red Devils’ were not to be denied: Kevin De Bruyne put Eden Hazard in on goal and the forward out-sprinted Phil Jones before sliding a low shot past the ‘keeper to make it 2-0 and seal a third-place finish.

Belgium (1) 2 (Meunier 4’, Hazard 82’)

England 0

Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Chadli (Vermaelen 39’), Witsel, Tielemans, Meunier, Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku (Mertens 60’)

England: Pickford, Jones, Stone, Maguire, Trippier, Loftus-Cheek (Alli 84’), Dier, Delph, Rose (Lingard 46’), Sterling (Rashford 46’), Kane

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
3RD PLACE PLAYOFF SAINT PETERSBURG STADIUM
BELGIUM GOALS ENGLAND GOALS
15. Thomas Meunier (4')
10. Eden Hazard (82')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
BELGIUM STARTING LINEUP ENGLAND STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
5
Defender
46'
3
Defender
4'
15
Defender
17
2
Defender
78'
6
Defender
4
Defender
52'
5
Midfielder
90 + 4'
6
Defender
12
Midfielder
82'
10
Defender
16
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
39'
22
Midfielder
84'
21
Midfielder
78'
17
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
60'
9
Forward/Striker
46'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Thomas Vermaelen
Defender
39'
3
Jesse Lingard
Midfielder
46'
7
Dries Mertens
Forward/Striker
60'
14
Marcus Rashford
Forward/Striker
46'
19
Moussa Dembele
Midfielder
78'
19
Dele Alli
Midfielder
84'
20
CARDS
Axel Witsel
Midfielder
90 + 4'
6
John Stones
Defender
52'
5
Harry Maguire
Defender
78'
6
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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