Belgium 2 England 0

Saint Petersburg Stadium

Belgium defeated England Saturday for the second time in the 2018 World Cup.

England's defender John Stones, defender Harry Maguire, defender Phil Jones, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, midfielder Eric Dier, midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, (bottom row L to R) forward Harry Kane, defender Kieran Trippier, defender Danny Rose, midfielder Fabian Delph and forward Raheem Sterling pose for a photo before their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup play-off for third place football match between Belgium and England at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 14, 2018.

80th minute, 1-0 Belgium: A fantastic Belgium counter attack almost ends with another goal from Thomas Meunier, but his powerful volley is saved by England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Meunier returned from suspension and Youri Tielemans got a start ahead of Marouane Fellaini in midfield with the Belgians fielding their strong front three of Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard.

Belgium can take pride in achieving its best-ever finish in a World Cup, but unlike England, youth is not necessarily on this team's side.

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.

What the game does have at stake is a shootout for the Golden Boot between Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.

With reasons for both sides to compete, surely this match will be more exciting than the teams' earlier meeting in the final game of the group stage.

Along the way, Belgium had to rally from 2-0 down for a 3-2 win in the round-of-16 game against Japan, had to beat five-time champion Brazil in the quarterfinals and beat England twice.

The two losing semifinalists bring their World Cup to an end on Saturday in the game nobody wants to play; the third-place playoff. "The only time it happened in Belgian football was in 1986, when we finished fourth".

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The third-place match was dropped from the European Championship by UEFA following the 1980 tournament, but has remained part of the World Cup calendar despite complaints.

"Against the very best teams, we've come up short, but we've had a wonderful adventure and some experiences that will stand this group of players and staff in really good stead for the future".

Belgium's Thomas Meunier (L) scores the opening goal in a 2-0 win against England.

Keep it right here for score updates, analysis and highlights from Belgium vs. England.

This is the game no footballer on earth wants to play in, battling it out for the bronze medal.

Due to the quick turnaround from the semi-final defeat to Croatia on Wednesday, Southgate, who had all 23 of his squad train on Friday at their Spartak Zelenogorsk base, will make late calls on his final starting line-up. 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.

They received a let-off when Lukaku failed to control a defence-splitting pass from De Bruyne, allowing Pickford to charge off his line to smother.

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.

And that perhaps wasn't the best approach to take as Belgium looked set to go for the kill from the get-go. Of course, if the Red Devils give the Three Lions a penalty, that award will be all she wrote and some World Cup hardware will be heading home.

Once Alli and Lingard introduced in the second half, England's game picked up pace and they were creating a lot. But.

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