Belgium third after 2-0 win over England


Gareth Southgate´s men were forced to settle for England´s joint best performance at a World Cup overseas, matching that of the 1990 generation.

That same thought might cross the minds of Roberto Martinez & Co.

England have by far the better record in meetings between the two teams, winning 15 of the 22 games between the pair, with Belgium prevailing just twice - including in the group stage win in Russian Federation - and the pair playing out five draws. You're disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it's very hard to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive. England. I think Harry Kane scores another goal to increase his lead on the Golden Boot, making it a flawless 10/10 Tottenham. But, for 31 of the 32 teams that qualify for the World Cup every for years, the tournament ends in disappointment, and that's especially true for the teams that lose in the semifinal.

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With England pushing forward, Meunier almost produced one of the goals of the tournament, his crisp volley from a Dries Mertens cross drawing an excellent one-handed stop from Pickford.

It was Belgium's best-ever showing at a World Cup finals and an England side showing five changes in total from their semi-final line-up could have few complaints. In the first meeting, both teams had already qualified for the knockout stage out of Group G. But on Saturday, the two teams meet again with nothing more than third place on the line, in the World Cup consolation match that will live stream from Saint Petersburg.

Belgium defender Thomas Meunier is available after missing the semi-final defeat by France through suspension.

The game is a repeat of the June 28th England vs. Belgium matchup.

England created chances to cancel out Meunier's early opener in an entertaining second half in St. Petersburg, but Hazard provided a clinical finish to a counterattack to secure Belgium's most successful-ever World Cup campaign.

A big chance beckons.

Loftus-Cheek, Delph and perhaps Butland may also be given the chance for some game time. It goes without saying that these fringe players will be eager to make a mark in a rare start.

England matched its best World Cup result - fourth in 1990 - since winning the tournament for the only time in 1966.

It's the second time the two teams have met at the tournament and the second time that the outcome of their match will be relatively inconsequential.

This is a match that nobody wishes to play.

Who will walk away with a meaningless third place finish?

England's Harry Kane reacts after losing to Belgium in the third place playoff. But, the match is likely to have more of a friendly vibe to it. Belgium may be a little happier, though.

Both will be looking for improved performances against England.

Harry Kane's struggles in the knockout rounds continued but, with Romelu Lukaku unable to add to the four he netted in Group G, should take home England's only silverware as the likely Golden Boot victor, with Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann three goals behind Kane's tally of six.