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At the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, the match for 3rd place will take place on Saturday afternoon at 15:00. The match between Belgium and England takes place in the St. Petersburg Stadium. Belgium missed the final by beating France 1-0. England had to give Croatia after extra time beaten 1: 2. Now it’s all about the consolation prize, the 3rd place. In the last game of the group stage, both teams met at this final round. Both coaches let but in the game, since both nations already had the ticket for the knockout stages in the bag, only the B-Elf ran. Belgium won 1-0. This success was only the second victory for the Red Devils in direct comparison. England still leads the statistics with 15 victories. You played draw four times. Who secures the 3rd place? In the World Cup match Belgium vs. England, the tip betrays the assessment of the betting base for this game.
At the beginning of the game against France, the Belgians showed again and again what great offensive qualities they have. But the Red Devils forgot their chances or failed to Lloris. In the 51st minute then the goal for France fell from nowhere. After that, the team Tricolore dominated the game with the lead. Belgium barely had any chances. Courtois several times prevented an earlier decision. The team of coach Roberto Martinez seemed helpless for long stretches. So Belgium could convince only a good half hour. After that, the Rode Duivels did not do enough against clever Frenchmen and bit their teeth at Les Bleus. After the tight and somewhat unfortunate semifinal off, the frustration was quite high among the Belgians.
Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois scolded after the final whistle on the anti-football of France. The fact that Belgium did not win was a disgrace to football. Surely the frustration was so great, because again as in the 2014 World Cup in 0: 1 in the quarter-final against Argentina or as in the 1: 3 in the European Championship quarter-final against Wales narrowly failed. Again, the Red Devils could not retrieve their full potential. France did not play better, but cleverer. Belgium was eliminated by simple tactical means. The men of Coach Martinez were hampered by the pressure. The Belgians have difficulties against teams that are very deep. In addition, three of his six goals conceded at this World Cup by header. In the match for third place the Red Devils can still make history. At the 1986 World Cup it was then “only” enough for fourth place. With the semi-final defeat to France ended for Belgium a series of 24 internationals without defeat. Against England Meunier can play again after his yellow card suspension.
After just five minutes, the Three Lions looked as though they could pursue the dream of winning the second World Title in history. Trippier scored with a direct free kick from 20 yards to 1-0 for England. The lead gave the team of coach Gareth Southgate security. The English profited from the inaccurate passing game, as well as from the stocking mistakes and misunderstandings of the Croats. The Three Lions could have gone into the half-time break with more than just a 1: 0. In addition, the British defensive was extremely stable, especially in the center. But in the second round strength, stamina and concentration in England declined more and more. Turning point was the equalizer to 1: 1. After that, the Croats were the better team and had more chances. In the 109th minute fell by the 2: 1 by Mandzukic the decision. Thus, the English lost in their fifth semi-final at a major tournament for the fourth time in a row (European Championship 1968, World Cup 1990, European Championship 1996, World Cup 2018).
But the team can be proud of their achievements. The youngest team on average in the World Cup tournament has a great future ahead of him. With great courage, coach Southgate has shaped a young, hungry English team with heart and passion. Despite the big disappointment with the semi-finals, the British hope for the learning effect. From the mistakes that have been made at this final round, you want to draw your conclusions and come back even stronger. To become a winning team, you also have to make sorrowful experiences, said the coach after the game. They do not want to wait 28 years for the next semi-final. One of the strengths of the Three Lions was also a weakness. Nine of the twelve hits fell to dormant balls. Thus, by contrast, there were only three goals left in the game. The English were too often lacking in ideas and cold-bloodedness. The end against Croatia was the second defeat for England in the last 16 international matches.
Belgium vs England head to head matches
28.06.18 WC England Belgium 0 : 1
02.06.12 FI England Belgium 1 : 0
09.10.99 FI England Belgium 2 : 1
26.06.90 WC England Belgium 1 : 0 (0 : 0)
12.06.80 EUR Belgium England 1 : 1