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Saturday, 14 July 2018

World Cup 2018: Belgium 2-0 England, Eden Hazard Strikes Again! (Details & Facts)

Belgium have defeated England the the World Cup third-place playoff to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup tournament.


Belgium won the match 2-0 with an early Thomas Munier goal and a breakaway finished by Eden Hazard.


In the first half, Munier finished off a fine move when he turned in Nacer Chadli's low cross at the far post in the 4th minute after Romelu Lukaku's pass opened the England defence.


All through the first half, Belgium who beat England 1-0 in the group stage were more dangerous than ever.


But England improved in the second half and almost equalised when Eric Dier got clear chipped Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois only for Toby Alderweired to make a sliding clearance off the line.


Belgium continued to threaten on the break and finished off the game when Kevin de Bruyne set Hazard clear and he swept his shot past Jordan Pickford.


BELGIUM 2-0 ENGLAND - MEUNIER (3), HAZARD (82)


Belgium XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Meunier, Witsel, De Bruyne, Tielemans, Chadli, Lukaku, Hazard.


England XI: Pickford, Jones, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Dier, Delph, Rose, Loftus-Cheek, Sterling, Kane.


Facts:-


2 - England have lost consecutive matches for the first time since June 2014, when they were beaten by Italy and Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup. Concluded.


2 - Belgium and England are the first teams to face twice at a World Cup tournament since Turkey played Brazil twice at the 2002 World Cup. Familiar.


7 - Eden Hazard has been directly involved in seven goals at the World Cup (three goals, four assists); the joint-most of any Belgium player since 1966 (Jan Ceulemans also with seven). Rocket.


1 - England have only won one of the previous 21 World Cup games in which they've conceded the first goal (D5 L15) - the 1966 final against Germany (4-2). Uphill.


10 - Thomas Meunier is the 10th different player to score for Belgium at the 2018 World Cup - the joint-most different scorers for a team at a single World Cup (also 10 for France in 1982 and Italy in 2006). Spread.


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