Belgium claims third place at World Cup with a 2-0 win over England

Belgium’s Thomas Meunier celebrates scoring the opening goal after just four minutes

ST. PETERSBUR, Belgium was the better team from start to finish Saturday, beating England, 2-0, to earn its best finish in a World Cup.

The Red Devils scored the winning goal less than four minutes into the match, when Thomas Meunier shot a beautiful cross past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, and Belgium never relented, even as the Three Lions dominated possession and created scoring opportunities of their own. Belgium scored again in the 82nd minute to seal the game, another brilliant goal from midfielder Eden Hazard.

Belgium had been to the third place match just once before in 1986, when it finished fourth.

“They wanted to make the country proud and every Belgian Red Devil fan proud.”



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