The match was underway and both of these international teams only needed a win to top their Group G. England and Belgium had it all in their hands because they have won two group stage games and only needed a single win to finish first at their group. Will England secure and maintain their unbeaten run let’s find out?
Cahil makes a goal-line clearance cross into the box from Januzaj hits Fellaini and lands on Michy Batshuayi’s feet. He toe pokes it underneath Pickford but the Chelsea captain slides in to clear it off the line.
Tieleman’s fouls Rose and get the 1st card of the evening. In case this one ends in a draw, the Three Lions get the top spot courtesy of 2 yellow cards so far in this tournament to Belgium’s 4.
With the stars rested, the fringe players in both teams had a kickabout for 45 minutes. Maybe the managers will relent in the 2nd half and let the big boys out of their bubble wraps for the sake of the fans.
Adnan Janujaz opens the scoring with a spectacular strike. Cuts inside beats Rose with a drop of a shoulder and curls it in past Pickford.
Vermaelen and Vardy go a high ball and the clash of heads leaves the Belgian defender bleeding. He leaves the field for some treatment.
Michy Batshuayi finds his way inside the box and plays it to Fellaini whose shot is blocked and England somehow survive. The Belgians have another chance a few moments later as Throgan plays Fellaini down the left and United midfielder hits the side netting with his left-footed shot.
The ref blows the final whistle. A quality strike from Januzaj sees Belgium’s unbeaten streak continue to 23 games. They face Japan in the next round. England who managed just a single shot on target in 90 minutes without Kane have to settle for the 2nd spot in Group G and will be up against Colombia in the Round of 16.