For the second time at the 2018 World Cup, Belgium has defeated England. After beating the Three Lions 1-0 in the group stage, the Red Devils did it again, winning 2-0 on Saturday in the third-place match.
Belgium was the better team from start to finish Saturday, beating England, 2-0, to earn its best finish in a World Cup.
After falling a step short in the semifinals, the teams battled for bronze but it was all Belgium. Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne drove England wild on the counter attack, as Gareth Southgate’s team struggled to do much despite having more of the ball and 15 shots, putting five on frame.
And the winning goal came on early. Just four minutes in, Thomas Meunier would score the winner on an assist from Nacer Chadli with a fine finish in front of goal:
Eden Hazard has put this game to bed. England had been dominating the half in possession and scoring chances, but couldn’t find the back of the net, and now the Three Lions are in a 2-0 hole with less than 10 minutes, plus stoppage, to go.
Hazard was the best player on the pitch today, continuing a truly spectacular World Cup for the 27-year-old midfielder. He has three goals and four assists across the tournament to his credit.
France will battle alongside Croatia tomorrow for the ultimate prize at the 2018 world cup.