Live update: Belgium 1-0 England
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1′ We are underway here at the Saint Petersburg Stadium as Belgium play from left to right in their yellow and black jersey while England are dressed in Red Jersey and while short playing from eight to left
Belgium line up
1 Courtois, 2 Alderweireld, 4 Kompany, 5 Vertonghen, 6 Witsel, 7 De Bruyne, 9 Lukaku, 10 Hazard, 15 Meunier, 17 Tielemans, 22 Chadli
England line up
1 Pickford, 3 Rose, 4 Dier, 5 Stones, 6 Maguire, 9 Kane, 10 Sterling, 12 Trippier, 16 Jones, 17 Delph, 21 Loftus-Cheek
– Belgium and England face themselves in a Group G rematch as they battle for Russia 2018 bronze medal
– They met earlier in this competition with Adnan Januzaz scoring the only goal that handed the Red Devils victory over Southgate’s men
– This will be the third time both sides will be meeting in a FIFA organised competition
Belgium and England have a chance to wrap up their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with a medal as they battle for the third place finished on Saturday, July 14 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
Both sides will be meeting for the second time in this competition having played out a 1-0 at the group stage in favour of the Red Devils.
Adnan Januzaz scored the only goal of the game which saw Roberto Martinez’s side emerge Group G leaders with nine points from three matches.
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Having defeated Panama and Tunisia 3-0 and 5-2 respectively in their first two group games.
But they failed to reach their first ever World Cup final following their slim defeat to France at the semifinal stage earlier this week.
England on the other hand were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in the second semifinals on Wednesday evening.
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The Three Lions led the game as early as the 5th minute but goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic ensured the Croats edge that game after 120 minutes.
Gareth Southgate’s men finished second on Group G table with six points and went ahead to beat Colombia and Sweden at the round of 16 and quarterfinal stages.
However, they ran out of fuel to progress to the final to have a shot at winning the title for the first time since 1966.
The two teams have met three times in a FIFA organised championship and they both have won one game apiece while the third ended up in a draw.
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This is the second time Belgium is playing in the third-place play off after losing to France in the first one in 1986.
Belgium is the only side to have beaten at least one team from all 5 continents in this World Cup.
England will be looking to win 5 matches in a single World Cup campaign since 1966.
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England will be playing in the third place play off for only the second time after losing to Italy in 1990.
Harry Kane is the leading scorer of the World Cup with 6 goals and is poised to be the first English player since Gary Linekar to win the Golden Boot, with his only competition being the Belgian Romelu Lukaku.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Belgium defeated England in their final group game 1-0 with Adnan Januzaj scoring the only goal of the game in the second half.
Both teams started the match with their second string side and played predictably in the first half as the duo know they have progressed into the next stage.
Chances were few and far between in the first 45 minutes as the only talking point of the half was when Youri Tielemansb forced a brilliant save from Jordan Pickford in the sixth minute.
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