FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights, Belgium vs England: Red Devils beat England to claim World Cup bronze

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Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Belgium and England lock horns for the second time in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 as they eye for a third place finish at Saint Petersburg.

Key battle: As long as they are not rested, England’s Harry Kane (six) and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (four) will both be looking to finish the WC with the much-coveted Golden Boot.

Stat attack: The last four World Cup third-place play-off matches have ended with 3.0+ goals scored, including 4.0+ goals in three of those four. 

Highlights of Belgium vs England:

Thank you for being an amazing host city, Saint Petersburg! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/SOOfUAtK5c

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

# That's all for today as the game is over and Belgium get the Third Place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

# 90+2' Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent's defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.

# 90' Harry Maguire (England) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.

# 3 min. of stoppage-time to be played.

# 85' Eden Hazard (Belgium) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.

# 84' Dele Alli (England) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

# 82' GOAL! Kevin De Bruyne shows great vision to find Eden Hazard (Belgium) with a cheeky pass inside the box, and his first-time shot is precise and sails into the bottom left corner. 2:0.

# 80' Marcus Rashford (England) produces a good strike that sails to the middle of the goal, but his low effort ends up in the goalkeeper's gloves.

# 80' A big opportunity is wasted by Thomas Meunier (Belgium), who makes a yard for himself and produces a mid-range rocket of a shot towards the middle of the goal. Unfortunately for him, Jordan Pickford pulls off a fantastic save to stop the effort.

# 78' We are about to witness a substitution. Mousa Dembele (Belgium) is replacing Youri Tielemans.

# 76' Dries Mertens (Belgium) receives a pass and unleashes a shot which goes well wide of the right post.

# 74' CHANCE! What an opportunity! Harry Maguire (England) leaps high to meet a beautiful cross into the box from the free kick, and he plants a header from near the penalty spot which goes a whisker wide of the left post.

# 74' Eric Dier (England) jumps for a cross and produces a fine header from near the penalty spot, but it goes narrowly wide of the left post!

# 73' Marcus Rashford (England) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic from the opposition and they easily clear.

# 73' The free kick is taken by Kieran Trippier (England), but ball is cleared. England will have a chance to score from a corner kick.

# 72' Poor challenge! Vincent Kompany (Belgium) is penalised for tripping and Alireza Faghani blows his whistle. A free kick has been awarded to England.

# 72' John Stones (England) wins the ball from the corner and heads at goal from near the penalty spot, but it's a soft effort and drifts well past the left post.

# 69' CHANCE! Eric Dier (England) wastes a golden opportunity inside the box by shooting straight into the back of an opponent when the goal was at his mercy. Now England have a corner.

# 67' 8:8 – the total goal attempt statistics. 2:3 – this is the current number of shots on target.

# 66' Harry Kane (England) wins the ball after the corner kick and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it's blocked by one of the defending players.

# 65' Kieran Trippier (England) delivers a promising cross into the box, but it's cleared. The referee points to the corner flag. It's a corner to England.

# 63' The corner kick from Dries Mertens (Belgium) is headed out of the penalty area by one of the defenders.

# 63' Eden Hazard (Belgium) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players. The ball goes out of play. Belgium are awarded a corner kick.

# 62' Eden Hazard (Belgium) decides to speed play up with a short corner kick.

# 62' Eden Hazard (Belgium) once again attempts to send a defence-splitting pass, but the opposition's defence is alert and intercepts the ball. Belgium force a corner. Their opponents will face another attacking threat.

# 60' The substitution is prepared. Dries Mertens (Belgium) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Romelu Lukaku.

# 58' Fabian Delph (England) sends a long ball in, but Thibaut Courtois comfortably gathers the ball.

# 55' CHANCE! Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) tries to create a chance, but Lukaku puts a heavy touch on it yet again.

# 54' Jesse Lingard (England) misses the target from a promising position, sending the ball well wide of the left post.

# 53' The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England).

# 52' What was John Stones (England) thinking? He will not get away with that. The referee shows him a yellow card.

# 51' Thibaut Courtois leaps to collect the ball from the corner which was sent over by Kieran Trippier (England).

# 50' Kieran Trippier (England) swings in a promising cross from the free kick, but one of the defenders does a perfect job to avert the danger. The ball goes out of play. England are awarded a corner kick.

# 50' Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium) tackles a bit over-zealously and Alireza Faghani blows for a foul. A free kick is awarded to England.

# 49' Phil Jones (England) sends a cross into the box, but Thibaut Courtois comes off his line to gather the ball.

# 47' Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears the ball away.

# Second half begins!

# Gareth Southgate has made a change at the break. Marcus Rashford has come on in place of Raheem Sterling (England).

# Half-time substitution. Gareth Southgate decided to make a change. Danny Rose is replaced by Jesse Lingard (England).

#BEL lead at the break in Saint Petersburg! #BELENG // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/XlwWJKjivQ

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

# The first half of today's match has just finished. 

# 45+2' Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) weaves his way through opponents and strikes the ball from the edge of the area, but it's blocked by a defender. Belgium force a corner. They send men into the box.

# The fourth official shows 2 min. of added time.

# 45' Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) connects with a pass but sees his shot from the edge of the box blocked.

# 44' Thomas Meunier (Belgium) fails to send a pass into the box as his effort is cut out.

# 43' Alireza Faghani blows his whistle and it's Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.

# 39' Substitution. Nacer Chadli walks off the pitch and Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium) comes on as a substitute.

# 38' Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area, but it's cleared by an opposing player. The referee points to the corner flag and Belgium will take a corner.

# 36' Nacer Chadli (Belgium) is asking for medical treatment, but he will have to leave the pitch in order to receive help from the physio.

Thoughts on the opening 30 minutes? #BELENG // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/5iP28iulaZ

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

# 34' CHANCE! A rebound spins to Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) inside the box, but his sliced shot flies just over the bar.

# 34' This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium).

# 34' Eden Hazard (Belgium) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a precise pass. He pulls the trigger but only hits one of the opposition, who gets in the way of his effort. The ball goes out of play and Belgium have been awarded a corner kick.

# 33' Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) nearly creates a chance, but his attempt to pick out a teammate with a through ball does not come off.

# 29' Youri Tielemans (Belgium) unleashes a powerful shot towards goal, but it is bravely blocked by a self-sacrificing defender.

# 27' Thomas Meunier (Belgium) delivers a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, an opposition defender is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance.

# 24' Raheem Sterling (England) unleashes a shot, but his effort is poor and floats high over the bar.

# 24' A clever short pass gives Harry Kane (England) a clear goal scoring opportunity, but he fluffs his lines and rifles the ball well wide of the left post.

That goal from @ThomMills means that he has become the TENTH #BEL player to score at this #WorldCup for @BelRedDevils! #BELENG pic.twitter.com/VaRFcuG5Rg

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

# 20' Harry Maguire (England) peeled away from his marker and got on the end of the resulting corner, but he sends his header straight at the goalkeeper.

# 19' Kieran Trippier (England) is about to take a corner kick.

# 19' Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England) tries to send a low pass into the box, but it's blocked and cleared. England have been awarded a corner kick.

# 16' CHANCE! Lovely run from Romelu Lukaku (Belgium). He finds himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, lines up a shot, but the keeper boldly launches himself to intercept the ball.

# 14' Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England) is well placed to meet a cross and sends a difficult header towards the middle of the goal, but the goalkeeper reacts well to stop the effort.

# 14' Fabian Delph (England) gets a shot from distance but fails to generate enough power to beat the goalkeeper.

# 13' Eden Hazard (Belgium) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.

# 12' CHANCE! What a wasted opportunity by Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)! He creates some space for himself inside the penalty box and unleashes a decent strike towards the middle of the net, but Jordan Pickford makes a comfortable save to thwart him.

# 11' Raheem Sterling (England) strikes the ball towards goal, but it fails to reach the target after being well blocked by one of the defenders.

68% of you before the game predicted a #BEL victory...Happy with that start, @BelRedDevils fans? #BELENG // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/nTRYoUuddS

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

A very strong start from @BelRedDevils! #BELENG 1-0 // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/gJ1Qk7YNcQ

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

# 10' Kieran Trippier (England) attempts to find one of his teammates with a ball from a free kick outside the box. The goalkeeper climbs high above all the players in the box to intercept the cross and snuff out the opportunity.

# 9' Alireza Faghani blows the whistle, Toby Alderweireld (Belgium) is penalised for a foul. England will take a free kick near the side line.

# 8' Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) sends a quick through ball into space for his teammate who is lurking close to the offside line, but one of the defenders intercepts and clears the danger.

# 7' Phil Jones (England) serves up a nice cross, but the defence clears the danger.

#BEL GOAL! @BelRedDevils take an early lead through @ThomMills! #BELENG 1-0 // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/LbWohzbjUw

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

# 4' GOAL! Nacer Chadli plays a terrific cross over to Thomas Meunier (Belgium), who finds some space inside the box and puts the ball into the back of the net.

# 2' Eric Dier (England) attempts a long crossfield pass, but the defence does well to intercept the ball.

We're under way! #BELENG // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/c4QysvZzKI

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

# Kick off!

# Three out of Belgium’s six Russia 2018 matches and four of England’s six have seen both sides score

# The last two meetings between the sides have both finished 1-0 (one win each).

These two are leading the race for the adidas Golden Boot Award! #BELENG // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/hokyEQaH3e

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

#BEL and #ENG kits for this afternoon... #BELENG // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/f1I8PSD2bq

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

FORMATIONS // #BELENG // #WorldCup ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡ pic.twitter.com/MJKV09mZPG

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

# Belgium XI vs England: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen; Meunier, Tielemans, Witsel, Chadli; De Bruyne, Hazard; Lukaku

# England XI vs Belgium: Pickford; Rose, Jones, Stones, Maguire, Trippier; Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek; Sterling, Kane

Here are the teams for #BELENG! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Wv14Z5zrXW

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

Just two games remain. There are medals to be won. Good luck everyone.#RivalHug pic.twitter.com/IdgZIUqZSv

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

Who's ready for #BELENG? #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/vCZ39Pvczc

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

Did you know? ๐Ÿค”@BelRedDevils have won only two of their 22 matches against @England - but they tasted victory against #ENG in the #WorldCup last month!More stats and facts ahead of #BELENG ๐Ÿ‘‰https://t.co/msKBLUojyD pic.twitter.com/lGAMM0CFfj

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 13, 2018

2002: ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท2006: ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช2010: ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช2014: ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ2018: ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ชor ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ? Who will finish third at this #WorldCup today? #BELENG pic.twitter.com/KlqtHHcCkF

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

"It's an opportunity for us to reach something we've never reached before, and that's third place in a #WorldCup" Roberto Martinez is relishing the chance of securing @BelRedDevils' best-ever performance at a World Cup today in #BELENG pic.twitter.com/xZQoe4NFtT

— FIFA World Cup ๐Ÿ† (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018

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