7/14/2018 10:25:37 PM (GMT+3)

Belgium beat England 2-0 to finish third

Belgium beat England 2-0 to finish third

SAINT PETERSBURG: Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard struck at either end as Belgium defeated England 2-0 in the play-off for third place at World Cup here on Saturday.

This was Belgium’s best-ever performance at the global finals.

Belgium started off on a confident note, which helped them to forge ahead. Meunier beat Danny Rose to tuck Nacer Chadli’s cross past Jordan Pickford.

The Red Devils, who lost to France 1-0 in the semis, looked set to extend that lead until England regained their composure.

Gareth Southgate’s side gritted their teeth and began to dominate possession either side of half-time, probing for openings in the final third.

Eric Dier saw his cute, dinked effort hooked off the line by Toby Alderweireld in their best opportunity of the day, with Hazard sealing bronze on the break.

Kevin De Bruyne slipped him in superbly and the final result was never in doubt as the Belgium captain tucked away assuredly.