FIFA 2018 World Cup: Belgium take Bronze

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Belgium secured the bronze medal at the 2018 World Cup after goals from Thomas Meunier  and Eden Hazard secured a 2-0 win over England.

Both coaches went with strong line ups for the clash, while Thomas Meunier, who missed the clash against France due to suspension, returned for the Belgians.

Belgium took an early as Meunier turned home Nacer Chadli’s cross from the left flank with a neat finish in the six-yard box.

There was a good tempo to the first half, although England had to wait until the 23rd minute for a chance as Harry Kane volleyed wide from inside the box.

The Red Devils were in full control for most of the half, but they were dealt a blow in the 39th minute when Chadli was forced off with an injury and replaced by Thomas Vermaelen.

Gareth Southgate opted for a double change at the start of the second half, with Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling making way for Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford.

Both nations managed carve out chances in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, although Romelu Lukaku and Kane could not capatlise.

That proved to be Lukaku’s final touch at the World Cup as he made way for Dries Mertens on the hour mark.

England went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock on 70 minutes after combing with Marcus Rashford but his effort was brilliantly cleared off the line by Toby Alderweireld.

However, the Red Devils sealed the win with eight minutes remaining as Kevin de Bruyne’s pass found Eden Hazard, who calmly slotted past Pickford.

The win sees Belgium achieve their highest ever finish at a World Cup after collecting bronze.

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