3 reasons why England lost to Belgium

3 reasons why England lost to Belgium

3 reasons why England lost to Belgium

Eden Hazard scored late on as Belgium completed a merited 2-0 win over England in St Petersburg to finish third in the World Cup.

Belgium (3-4-3): Thibaut Courtois; Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen; Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Nacer Chadli; Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard (capt).

When is the FIFA World Cup 2018 3rd place match between Belgium vs England going to be played? Given both teams have kept just one clean sheet in their five matches the defences look vulnerable and with Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku chasing the Golden Boot we can expect both teams to throw caution to the wind.

Kompany too was in dominant form in the Red Devils' defence and kept England skipper Harry Kane - looking to add to his tally of six goals at Russian Federation 2018 - largely quiet all afternoon. Their third place play-off with Belgium will be the second time they have played each other in this tournament in a match that is effectively a dead rubber.

For the second time at the 2018 World Cup, Belgium has defeated England. "The only time it happened in Belgian football was in 1986, when we finished fourth".

Third place for Belgium, meanwhile, would have been its highest finish in World Cup history.

As for Belgium, Martínez will have to set as a goal winning Euro 2020 with a supremely talented generation that finally achieved real results at a major tournament here but will still want to win a trophy that matters together.

The teams will now have to get their heads back in the game, following the heartbreak, as they look to win a third place medal. Great credit to them (Belgium) - they'll probably think they should have got further.

After a World Cup campaign which exceeded the expectations placed by many on his team, Southgate has now urged his players to make the most of their experiences in Russian Federation and aim to go better next time. We don't want to wait another 20 years to get into the semi-finals and the big matches.

Watch Highlights of the previous meeting of England and Elgium earlier this World Cup.

In midfield, Kevin De Bruyne and Hazard ran the show, splitting England's defense apart at will.

Belgium, who beat England 1-0 in a group match in the tournament, were more unsafe throughout a lively first half. "To be able to finish third, the best finish for the Belgian national team, would be an achievement we salute more than individual awards".

It desperately needed changing and the introduction of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford at the break added fresh life.

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.

As England looks ahead to Euro 2020, Gareth Southgate will have to try to find ways to score in the run of play more than England did during this tournament while still keeping the set-piece threat that was so present here in Russian Federation.

"So there's a lot of motivation for us and of course Belgium have beaten us once already, so we'd like to redress that as well".

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