World Cup 2018: Belgium defeats England for third place

Posted by On 8:37 PM

World Cup 2018: Belgium defeats England for third place

CBSN
×
  • Trending Videos CBSN Live »
  • CBSN

    France and Croatia to face off in World Cup final

  • CBS Evening News

    Trump-Putin meeting

  • CBS Evening News

    Trump visits Scotland

  • CBS Evening News

    Cyberattack crackdown

  • CBS Evenin g News

    Trump reunification plan

  • CBS Evening News

    New discoveries in Pompeii

  • CBS Evening News

    Russians hackers indicted as Trump meets Queen Eli...

  • CBS Evening News

    Trump’s U.K. visit includes protests, backpedaling

  • CBS Evening News

    Will indictments against Russians affect Trump-Put...

  • CBS Evening News

    Inside the race to develop hypersonic weapons

  • CBS Evening News

    Johnson & Johnson still battling thousands of case...

  • World

    Flight loses cabin pressure, sending more than 30 to hospital, police say

  • World

    Belgium defeats England 2-0 for third place at World Cup

  • World

    Police: Investigators found more than 400 items in poisoning case

  • World

    Israel launches widest Gaza daytime assault since 2014 war

  • World

    Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams to win Wimbledon

  • World

    Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton watch Serena Williams compete in Wimbledon final

  • World< /h4>

    Thai soccer players eager to eat their favorite foods as they wait to go home

  • World

    Trump-Putin summit will be held at palace overlooking Baltic Sea

  • World

    More than 130 killed in Pakistan election violence, including a candidate

  • World

    Wimbledon 2018: Anderson defeats Isner in 6-hour semifinal

  • World

    Massive iceberg breaks off from Greenland glacier

  • World

    Police confirm source of poison that killed woman, sickened partner

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- For Belgium and England, the third-place match at the World Cup was more like a dress rehearsal for future finals. At least they hope.

The Belgians earned their best World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 on Saturday in a match both saw as the start of a push for the European Championship title in 2020 or the World Cup in 2022.

  • How to watch the World Cup Final

"With this winning mentality you can win trophies," said Eden Hazard, who scored Belgium's second goal. "In two years, in four years, we will be better. We have young players. They are very good also in the team. They push all of us."

Thomas Meunier and Hazard both scored at St. Petersburg Stadium in a match between the two semifinal losers.

World Cup - Third Place Play Off - Belgium v England

Soccer Football - World Cup - Third Place Play Off - Belgium v England - Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia - July 14, 2018 Belgium's Thomas Meunier celebrates scoring their first goal

France and Croatia will play in the final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The French beat Belgium on Tuesday in the semifinals, while the Croats defeated England on Wednesday.

England matched its best World Cup result - fourth in 1990 - since winning the tournament for the only time in 1966.

"Today shows there's room for improvement. We're not the finished article. We're still learning. We're still getting better,& quot; England striker Harry Kane said. "We don't want to wait another 20-odd years to get into another major semifinal."

Both Belgium and England were playing for the seventh time in 26 days, but the Belgians entered the match with an extra day of rest.

Meunier's goal matched a World Cup record for Belgium by having 10 different players score in a tournament, something only done before by France in 1982 and Italy in 2006.

Meunier scored in the fourth minute, knocking a cross from Nacer Chadli past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Hazard added the other off a pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the 82nd.

Toby Alderweireld denied England's best chance of the game, sliding on the goal line to clear a shot from Eric Dier.

Belgium's previous best finish at the World Cup was fourth, but the team outplayed England in the midfield to go one better this time.

The Belgians could easily have scored more, with Pickford making a good save to stop a shot from De Bruyne in the 11th and Alderweireld volleying narrowly over the bar in the 35th.

England made set pieces the cornerstone of its run to the World Cup semifinals and created chances for Harry Maguire and Dier in the second half. Neither hit the target with their headers.

It was the second time England and Belgium met in this year's tournament. In the group stage, both teams had already qualified before Belgium's 1-0 win in Kaliningrad.

FRESH LEGS

England coach Gareth Southgate made five changes to face Belgium, but Danny Rose and Fabian Delph made little impact while Dier started slowly but threatened in the second half.

Phil Jones failed to intercept the pass which led to Hazard's goal.

The two replacements in Belgium's lineup were more effective. Meunier scored and Youri Tielemans dominated the midfield.

GOLDEN BOOT

Kane is still placed to win the Golden Boot with a tourname nt-leading six goals ahead of Sunday's final.

Kane last scored in England's win over Colombia in the round of 16. On Saturday, he slipped as he shot wide in the first half, then failed to make contact with Jesse Lingard's cross early in the second.

Romelu Lukaku couldn't add to his four goals for Belgium and was substituted shortly after misjudging a through ball by De Bruyne.

NEXT STOP 2020

The next major tournament is the 2020 European Championship, which will be played at venues across the continent but with the semifinals and finals in London at Wembley Stadium.

England defender John Stones said that could be a boost after the surprise run to the semifinals in Russia prompted a surge in support for the team at home. But Southgate said England still has a long way to go.

"We've finished in the top four, but we're not a top-four team yet," Southgate said. "Against the very best teams, we've come up short."

© 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Featured in World

  • Best of the 2018 Winter Olympics: Week 2

    Olympic moments to remember from Pyeongchang, South Korea

  • Best of the 2018 Winter Olympics: Week 1

    From on-the-ice action to silly sideshows, here are the Olympic moments worth reliving

Popular

CB SN Live

watch

Popular On CBS News

  • 01

    Western allies plan W hite Helmets evacuation from Syria

  • 02

    The Trials of Raynella Leath

  • 03

    Flight loses cabin pressure, sending more than 30 to hospital, police say

  • 04

    Jaguar escapes, kills 6 animals at New Orleans zoo

  • 05

    Second-generation firefighter killed battling blaze near Yosemite National Park

Latest From "60 Minutes"

  • 50 years of "60 Minutes"

  • Human smuggling across the southern border

  • The governor who's castigating the president on climate change

  • The Isle of Eigg

  • Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress

  • The long, unconventional career of Donald Sutherland

  • North Korea Summit: What's at stake?

  • The Trump campaign's secret weapon

  • French artist JR's larger than life images

  • Kabul under siege while America's longest war rages on

  •  Play Video

    Trump-Putin meeting

  •  Play Video

    Trump visits Scotland

  •  Play Video

    Cyberattack crackdown

  •  Play Video

    Trump reunification plan

  •  Play Video

    New discoveries in Pompeii

Previous Next

Popular On CBS News

  • Western allies plan White Helmets evacuation from Syria

  • The Trials of Raynella Leath

  • Flight loses cabin pressure, sending more than 30 to hospital, police say

  • Jaguar escapes, kills 6 animals at New Orleans zoo

  • Second-generation firefighter killed battling blaze near Yosemite National Park

  •  46 Photos

    Protests mock Trump during U.K. visit

  •  42 Photos

    "Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona, Spain

  •  32 Photos

    Wildfires scorch U.S., from East to West

  •  82 Photos

    Notable deaths in 2018

  •  101 Photos

    Volcanic eruption in Hawaii

Previous Next

Latest From CBS News

  • Western allies plan White Helmets evacuation from Syria

  • The Trials of Raynella Leath

  • Flight loses cabin pressure, sending more than 30 to hospital, police say

  • Jaguar escapes, kills 6 animals at New Orleans zoo

  • The Widow on Solway Road

  • Second-generation firefighter killed battling blaze near Yosemite National Park

New Fire TV App

Source: Google News Belgium | Netizen 24 Belgium

Next
« Prev Post
Previous
Next Post »