Having failed in their mission to make it to the final of the 2018 World cup in Russia, Belgium and England are eyeing a consolatory third place finish .
Despite being a losers final, victory for either England or Belgium will be massive as far as their World cup histories are concerned.
Victory today would ensure England’s best finish to a World Cup since 1966, whereas if it is Belgium that comes out top, it will be their best-ever finish.
Interestingly, the two sides were housed in the same group during the preliminary stages with Belgium piping England by a lone goal in the group stage clash.
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Kick off is 3.pm
ENGLAND STARTING XI:Pickford; Jones, Maguire, Stones; Trippier, Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek, Rose; Kane, Sterling
ENGLAND SUBS: Walker, Lingard, Henderson, Vardy, Butland, Welbeck, Cahill, Young, Rashford, Alli, Alexander-Arnold, Pope
BELGIUM STARTING XI: Courtois; Vertonghen, Kompany, Alderweireld; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Chadli; De Bruyne, Lukaku, E Hazard
BELGIUM SUBS: Mertens, Carrasco, Batshuayi, Vermaelen, Mignolet, Casteels, T Hazard, Dembele, Januzaj, Boyata, Dendoncker
Kick off by Belgium
Belgium is trying to create something here… it’s a goal!
Belgium take the lead as Thomas Meunier volleys the ball into the back of the net. A great finish!
Free kick… England have a chance here
Trippier’s effort causes no hassles for Belgium
CHANCE! Kevin de Bryune almost doubles the lead for Belgium but Pickford make a crucial save
England press home for an equaliser but a tame header by Loftus-Cheek saved by Courtois
Poor display by Sterling leads to England being disposed… It is over two years since Sterling scored for England
CHANCE! Kane misses a good chance for England after getting good service from Sterling who expertly controls the ball down for the captain
The cross too long of Lukaku as England make the needed clearance
Belgium get their first corner as Hazard’s shot is blocked away by John Stones
Nacer Chadli appears injured while play is temporary halted
BELGIUM SUB: Nacer Chadli is injured and is replaced by Thomas Vermaelen.
Kevin de Bryune trying hard to give Belgium another goal but the England team rising up to the challenge for now
Good block by John Stones as Lukaku tries a shot
Halftime Belgium 1-0 England
The two teams find their way back to the pitch as we get to start the second half
England SUB; Marcus Rashford is in for Raheem Sterling
Second half begins with England taking the center pass
Vincent Kompany clears the danger as Loftus-Cheek make an ambitious move
England ‘s freekick blocked away for a corner as the Three Lions keep pressing in these early exchanges
Hazard intended pass to Lukaku inside the England box intercepted and the Three Lions head to the other end to create their own chance
Miss!!!… Kane could not get the needed touch as Jesse Lingard’s shot goes wide
De Bryune with a good pass to Lukaku whose first touch let’s him down and Pickford makes a quick catch
Belgium coach takes out Lukaku and brings in Dries Mertens
Belgium try a swift counter-attack but the last touch not the best and the possession returns to England
Decent effort by Eric Dier as he tries a low shot but Courtois makes the save
CLOSE!!! England nearly with an equaliser Dier tips the ball over Courtois but Toby Aldeweird makes a goal line clearance
Free kick for England as Kompany bring down Marcus Rashford
Dier coming close and close for England but still Belgium holding on to their slim lead
Belgium blow up another chance as Dries Mertens fluffs a good pass from De Bryune
YELLOW CARD Maguire is booked for descent
Save! Pickford keeps England in the game as he stops a great effort from Thomas Meunier
GOALLL!!!!!!!… Eden Hazard doubles the lead for Belgium
England bring in Dele Alli for Loftus Cheek
Three minutes added time
Full Time Belgium 2-0 England