Adnan Januzaj: FIFA World Cup: Januzaj gives Belgium 1-0 win over England and top spot | Football News
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The end result means Belgium, who received all three of their group video games to complete on 9 factors, will face Japan within the final 16 whereas England, who completed second with six, tackle Colombia.
All of the pre-match discuss had been about whether or not second place may supply a neater path to the semi-finals, on condition that the group winners might face Brazil within the final eight.
If that was a consideration then Gareth Southgate’s England facet can take some comfort from the defeat on condition that it presents a possible quarter-final in opposition to Sweden or Switzerland fairly than Brazil or Mexico, who might await Belgium.
There may be, although, one thing presumptuous about such discuss and Colombia, a staff with loads of expertise, actually will not respect being thought-about a part of an ‘simpler path’ to the quarter-finals.
However when Belgium and England subsequent enter the sphere, within the final 16, the staff lineups will bear little resemblance to these fielded on Thursday to finish the group stage.
As anticipated each managers utilised their squads to the total — Belgium’s Roberto Martinez switching 9 gamers and Southgate bringing in eight from his reserves, a choice he had described as a ‘no brainer’ within the circumstances.
Belgium created the higher openings in a poor first half whereas England confirmed higher urgency however a scarcity of finesse within the ultimate third.
Former Manchester United midfielder Januzaj broke the impasse with an outstanding curling effort within the 51st minute and the way of the objective celebration ought to have silenced any fears that Martinez’s facet weren’t concerned with victory.
England then pushed on in search of an equaliser however, with out their rested talisman Harry Kane they lacked a innovative.
Marcus Rashford had one of the best probability however his shot was already vast of the goal when Thibaut Courtois obtained his fingertips to the ball.
Belgium got here near a second objective within the ultimate minutes when Jordan Pickford made a nice, diving save to maintain out a rasping Dries Mertens effort.