Belgium Leaving Nothing To Chance As They Try Desperately Not To Win

Belgium Leaving Nothing To Chance As They Try Desperately Not To Win

Belgium Leaving Nothing To Chance As They Try Desperately Not To Win

Both England's Harry Kane and Belgium's Romelu Lukaku are both leading the goal tally at the moment, with five and four respectively.

And for once England went into the last game of the groups with no pressure on them - both sides were already through so there was no need to go to war.

Debate has raged over whether it would be better to finish second in Group G, given the winners would be in line to meet Brazil if they reached the quarter-finals.

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Harry Kane fully accepted Gareth Southgate's surprise decision to bench him for the defeat to Belgium following heart-to-heart talks with the England manager.

But England top Group G because they have a better disciplinary record, after receiving two bookings compared to Belgium's three.

In the other Group G game, Tunisia, although eliminated, got its first win at a World Cup in 40 years, over Panama. The match will also be livestreamed in Spanish on TelemundoDeportes.com and via the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo and NBC Sports apps. England are now on two yellows, Belgium three.

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Belgium came close to a second goal in the final minutes when Jordan Pickford made a diving save to keep out a rasping Dries Mertens effort but by then both sides seemed to have accepted their lot as they looked ahead to the second round.

What looked like being one of the ties of the group stage instead became a rather unusual encounter given the talk about the most favourable knockout route, including suggestions that finishing runners-up may be preferable.

"We've got an opportunity to play Colombia and then Sweden or Switzerland to get to a World Cup semi-final".

But when Belgium and England next enter the field, in the last 16, the team lineups will bear little resemblance to those fielded on Thursday to complete the group stage.

But the result also means Gareth Southgate's young side avoid the top half of the draw in Russian Federation, which contains heavyweights France, Argentina, Portugal and Brazil.

"We want to win football matches so not happy to have been beaten, but what it means for the next rounds we don´t know". Goalless by half-time, the players were jeered off. Supporters had travelled from far and at great expense to see this and they were being short-changed, by all the changes. "That would mean we top the group and we would go into whatever game we go into moving forward".

The Belgians did have couple chances to extend their lead in the closing stages, but the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens could not take advantage as the clash ended 1-0.

How both sides approach the match will be a good indicator of their respective philosophies and team culture. But the prospect of trying to pick up some sneaky yellow cards, a move which backfired quite spectacularly for David Beckham in a 2004 World Cup qualifier, has not even been broached with the squad, Southgate said.

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