Belgium vs. England final score, recap

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Eden Hazard secured the victory with a goal in the 82nd minute.

Both Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku failed to score, leaving the English forward as the heavy favorite to win the Golden Boot in Russian Federation. Kane, who with six goals is favourite for the Golden Boot, will start alongside Raheem Sterling.

The two sides have already faced each other once, in their final group stage game, with Belgium edging out England 1-0 in a closely contested affair.

Meanwhile, England head into the game following a 2-1 defeat to Croatia in the semi-final encounter played on Wednesday.

Martinez, who signed an extension until after Euro 2020 in May, can guide Belgium to the nation´s best result at the World Cup.

Having fallen one match shy of a maiden final appearance in Tuesday's slim 1-0 defeat to France, the Red Devils' vaunted golden generation lifted themselves off the canvass to improve upon the fourth-place finish managed by Enzo Scifo, Jan Ceulemans and company in 1986.

England places fourth, which is a lot better than many predicted the Three Lions would finish.

The goal means Belgium have had 10 different goalscorers at this World Cup - equaling the record set by France in 1982 and Italy in 2006.

"We beat England in the group phase and so we can do it again".

Belgium got their nose in front early through a close-range effort from Thomas Meunier, who appeared behind Rose to rifle home. "Third place is a minimum for us", he told a news conference at the team's training base in Moscow. "The players deserve that and they wanted to make the country proud", Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said.

Airport managers said on Facebook: 'Please be aware that there will be no public viewing area to see the England Football Team arrive home so we strongly advise the public not to come to Birmingham Airport as you will not see the team'.

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. "We played one of the best teams in the world with individual talent which is incredible and we had only two days to get ready", he said. We don't want to give Belgium any help frankly. While Loftus-Cheek was decent, Delph did nothing of note and Dier struggled in midfield against Tielemans and Kevin De Bruyne. They produce a scintillating counter-attacking move, as De Bruyne releases Hazard, he crosses for Meunier whose first-time shot is brilliantly stopped by Pickford.

Belgium won the match with a second-half goal from Adnan Januzaj.

But Belgium still posed a danger and another scintillating counterattack, arguably its best of the tournament so far, ended with Jordan Pickford producing a stunning save to deny Meunier his second.

But it mattered little in the end, Hazard making no mistake with his near-post finish having been sent clean through by De Bruyne, the star pair combining to put a fitting seal on Belgium's impressive showing in Russian Federation.