Meunier and Hazard strike to give Belgians’ the bronze. Belgium secure their best ever World Cup finish with 2-0 win over England.
Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored to put help Belgium to their best-ever finish in a World Cup.
Goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard were enough for Belgium to beat an uninspired England team and clinch third place in the World Cup.
Belgium took the lead early after poor defending from Gareth Southgate’s side allowed right wing-back Meunier to steal in at the back post and convert from close range. England had the majority of possession but were slow on the ball, lacked movement or ideas and Belgium sat deep waiting to pick them off on the counter-attack.
A late period of sustained pressure by England was their best of the game but Belgium took advantage and showed their class, using the space and the ball well to play Hazard in. His finish into the near post guaranteed the win – a deserved one at that.
Nothing for England apart from Harry Kane’s Golden Boot. Gareth Southgate’s men never looked in contention to win this match.
They were pegged back by Belgium in the first half and were wasteful in the second. Kevin De Bruyne pulled the strings in both of Belgium’s goals and they thus finish the 2018 World Cup in third place.
It is their best finish ever in the tournament and their golden generation of players finally have something to show for all the quality they possess.