World cup: England 0-1 Belgium: Belgium top Group G but England avoid potential big clashes: Adnan Januzaj scored a stunning curler to give Belgium victory over England and help them secure Group G top spot. 

2018 World Cup

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Match Events

Match Events

6′ CHANCE! Tielemans’ shot saved

Great strike by Tielemans! Dier is dispossessed by Fellaini and Belgum are able to push forward on their first attacking move of the game. The ball is worked over to Tielemans, who unleashes a thumping shot from 30 yards out that Pickford does well to save.

10′ England almost score an own goal!!

Off the line! A chipped cross causes all sorts of problems for Pickford, who isn’t quite able to collect the ball inside the six-yard box. It somehow comes free and falls to Batshuayi, who pokes it towards goal but is denied by a last-ditch clearance from Cahill.

19′ Yellow Card! Tielemans booked

It’s taken just 19 minutes for the first yellow card to be shown, and it’s gone to Tielemans. The midfielder sticks out a foot and cynically trips Rose, leaving the referee with no choice but to go to his pocket.

27′ BLOCK! Fellaini’s shot cleared by Alexander-Arnold

Big block by Alexander-Arnold! The resulting set-piece is fired into the box and falls to Fellaini, who quickly shoots but has his low effort blocked by Alexander-Arnold at the near post.

33′ Yellow Card! L. Dendoncker booked

Rose is fouled by Dendoncker as he bursts down the left wing, and once again the referee reaches for his yellow card and awards England a free kick in a promising position.

48′ CHANCE! Rashford’s shot wide out

Chance for Rashford! Vardy does well to beat Dembele to a loose ball and knocks it up to Rashford. The young forward then gets a shot away, but it’s slightly scuffed and fails to trouble Courtois.

51′ GOAL! England 0-1 Belgium (Januzaj)

GOAL! Januzaj makes it 1-0 to Belgium!

It’s a fantastic strike from the former Manchester United man, who skips into the penalty area, cuts onto his left foot and curls a brilliant shot past the outstretched limbs of Pickford.

65′ How could Rashford miss that!

What a chance for Rashford to equalise! All sorts of space opens up for the youngster as the Belgium defence are caught sleeping, allowing him to burst into the box. He then gets a shot away from close range but has it palmed wide of the far post by Courtois.

90′ CHANCE! Fellaini’s shot wide out

Match Report

Belgium set up a World Cup last-16 meeting with Japan as Adnan Januzaj’s first international goal earned a 1-0 win against England to top Group G.

With Brazil potentially awaiting in the quarter-finals for the group winners, there was speculation both teams would prefer to finish second to be paired with either Sweden or Switzerland in the last eight.

But despite Belgium making nine changes from their previous group match and England eight, both sides showed plenty of willingness to try and win the game and the group.

Januzaj’s moment of magic was enough to secure maximum points for Belgium and their first win against England since 1936, the winger cutting in off the right flank to whip a delightful strike across Jordan Pickford.

Marcus Rashford had England’s best chance to reply, but Thibaut Courtois made a fine save to deny the Manchester United striker, who was deputising for rested Golden Boot leader Harry Kane.

John Stones was one of two outfield players to be retained by Gareth Southgate and he had to be replaced at the break – the centre-back could be a doubt for the Three Lions’ second-round match against Colombia.

Line-ups

England XI: Gary Cahill, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Jamie Vardy, Jordan Pickford, John Stones, Eric Dier, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Marcus Rashford

Subs: Ashley Young, Jordan Henderson, Danny Welbeck, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire, Jack Butland, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Nick Pope

Belgium XI: Thomas Vermaelen, Mousa Dembélé, Marouane Fellaini, Nacer Chadli, Thibaut Courtois, Dedryck Boyata, Thorgan Hazard, Michy Batshuayi, Leander Dendoncker, Adnan Januzaj, Youri Tielemans

Subs: Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Simon Mignolet, Axel Witsel, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Toby Alderweireld, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Koen Casteels, Thomas Meunier, Yannick Carrasco

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