Russia 2018: Belguim clinch third as they beat England 2-0

By Mutala Yakubu

Belguim have comfortably defeated England by 2-0 to secure the third spot at the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup.

This is the second time Belguim have defeated England with the first encounter at the group stages ended 1-0 courtesy Adnan Januzaj's curler.

It was a boring first half with Thomas Muenier's strike termed as the lively part. It took Belguim less than 5 munites to break the defence of Southgate's men.

Chadli, who was on the left side, whipped a low cross into the middle where Thomas Meunier pounced on it to give the Red Devils the lead.

England had a chunk of possession without any clear-cut chance. The first half ended with Belguim having the advantage.

England brightest chance came in the second half where Dier with a one-two with Rashford, chipped an attempt over Courtois.

However, Alderweireld was alert to the danger as he slid the ball on the line.

Belguim a few minutes later initiated a counter-attack which nearly doubled their lead. It was Hazard who whipped a cross to Meunier who wasted no time volleying the ball but Pickford was there to make a stunning stop.

The first and second position will be decided tomorrow when Croatia take on France.

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