Belgium beats England 1-0, moves into tougher side of draw

Belgium beats England 1-0, moves into tougher side of draw

Belgium beats England 1-0, moves into tougher side of draw

Both teams have already advanced to the round of 16, and the match in Kaliningrad will only determine the Group G finishing order.

With a clear disparity in strength between teams on opposite sides of the draw, winning the group might not be all it's cracked up to be.

The manager had spoken to Kane, still the tournament's leading scorer with five goals, to explain the strategy.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said Ben Youssef scored the 2,500th World Cup goal in history.

"He's sitting really proudly at the top".

Another sweeping Belgium attacked ended with Marouane Fellaini nodding down Tielemans' cross for Michy Batshuayi, but Gary Cahill appeared with a last-ditch challenge to clear the ball off the line.

"We have no idea who, when or where we will play in the next round". With only three shots at goal to Belgium's ten, and none on target, England's best chances were coming from set-pieces and, on 15 minutes, a 30-yard effort from Rashford was deflected out for a corner. But he did not train with the team earlier this week and will likely be rested.

For Southgate, it was as much about ensuring players like Kane did not pick up injuries in a game that wasn't essential.

"I don't think it would be professional from us to put those players in a risk to miss the knockout phase", Martinez said.

5 p.m. (10 a.m. EDT, 1400 GMT). Senegal's elimination means no African teams are left. Pikford played brilliantly in that moment and saved his team.

England coach Southgate is unsure if winning is an advantage. Japan had four yellow cards in its three group matches while Senegal had six.


The Group H match is at the Volgograd Arena.

Whoever comes second would also play two of the three knockout rounds to the final in the comfort of Moscow - where Belgium have their camp - whereas the victor faces thousands of air miles travelling to Rostov-on-Don, Kazan and St Petersburg.

On Thursday, Tunisia registered their first win at the FIFA World Cup in 40 years after beating Panama 2-1 at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

Low opted not to freshen up his side too much with an injection of youth and pace, and he instead kept faith with numerous players who had done the job four years previously.

Such was the curious conclusion to the group stage at the World Cup on Thursday.

9 p.m. (2 p.m. EDT, 1800 GMT).

"No disrespect to Panama, but that was a different test". While Belgium replaced nine from the Tunisia clash.

This misguided notion that you have to beat the best to win the World Cup was proven false when Germany reached the 2002 final - although the lack of elite opposition perhaps proved telling when Die Mannschaft fell to Brazil after knockout wins over Paraguay, USA and South Korea.

"This was a game we wanted to win but the knock-out game is the biggest game for a decade so needed to make sure our key players were reserved", the manager said to ITV . Even so, coach Hernan Dario Gomez has been thrilled with the tournament experience.

"We've not won a knockout game since 2006".

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