Belgium's Golden Generation takes World Cup bronze


Belgium take on England in the FIFA World Cup third-place play-off at the St. Petersburg Stadium, on Saturday.

The victory meant Belgium, who lost to France in the semifinals on Tuesday, secured their best finish at a World Cup after having been defeated in the third-place game in 1986.

It is Belgium who will take home bronze medals as goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard rubber-stamped their superiority after their "B" side had already beaten England's in the group stages. "We need to improve, we need to get better, but that will come". Against the very best teams, we've come up short.

Belgium continued to threaten on the break and finished off the game when Kevin de Bruyne set Hazard clear and he swept his shot past Jordan Pickford. Danny Rose and Phil Jones were liabilities defensively, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Eric Dier had good moments.

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This flowing, expressive, exceptionally talented Belgium side have been touted as potential world-beaters for some time and, with members of their ranks the wrong side of 30, they will arguably be ruing that missed shot at football's biggest prize more than others.

Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored a goal each.

With so many Premier League players involved today, the game should be emminently watchable even if the pace is likely to be more inline with a preseason friendly than a World Cup. Gareth Southgate's more youthful lineup also caused Belgium one or two problems in the second half, and Harry Kane will surely be more energised in future tournaments. We saw it in the late game-winning goal against Japan, the best team goal of the tournament, featuring Lukaku's classic double-drag run and dummy in the box. Kyle Walker can face Manchester City teammates Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne, while Tottenham boast three players for Belgium and five for England.

Belgium and England would have made a great World Cup final, but instead it will be the consolation game.

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"This game showed there is still room for improvement", Kane said after the match. Let us know below or get after us on Twitter!

Just one goal separated each team from their respective opponents, which will hopefully be enough motivation for the two countries to end their tournament campaign on a high note.

"The lads couldn't have given any more".

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The manager did not deviate from his script preaching realism after his side exceeded expectations through the tournament and stretched a fine Belgium team, particularly in the second half. Belgium won that encounter in Kaliningrad 1-0 thanks to a curled shot from Adnan Januzaj. England. I think Harry Kane scores another goal to increase his lead on the Golden Boot, making it a ideal 10/10 Tottenham.