Belgium win the battle against England but did they lose the war?

Belgium win the battle against England but did they lose the war?

Both teams had advanced to the round of 16 before the match.

With both managers making wholesale changes having already secured qualification from the group, the two teams played with so little intensity during the first half that they were booed and jeered by local fans inside the ground at half-time.

During a dramatic group stage, many top teams are not where they would have been expected before the tournament started, either sneaking through as a runner-up like Argentina, or booted out altogether like Germany.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said he was relieved his team - who reached the quarter-finals in Brazil in 2014 - were going through from a tough group.

The victor of Group G, either England or Belgium, faces a potential quarterfinal matchup with Brazil, and a semifinal matchup with either France, Portgual, Argentina or Uruguay.

We round up Wednesday's talking points from Russian Federation as England finish second in Group G, and Fair Play makes a big call.

"It's very important for us to protect and give every player the best possible programme to be in the best condition for the knockout games".

England and Belgium in the next round will either face Senegal, Japan or Colombia, who will have sorted out their placings in Group H an hour before England kicks off.

Colombia's victory over Senegal was bittersweet with star playmaker James Rodriguez suffering a calf injury. And in the process, both teams strengthened their credentials as outsiders for the title.

Players they should have picked over Moritz Wagner
The Los Angeles Lakers are highly invested in bolstering their roster with elite free agents this summer. Now that there has been time to digest the picks, it's time to take a closer look.

Finishing second, England take on Colombia, with a potential quarterfinal against the victor of Sweden vs. Switzerland.

England face off against Belgium on Thursday night in the Group G decider that neither particularly fancies winning.

"There are players on yellow cards".

It led to an unreal atmosphere and a game that sometimes resembled a battle no-one wanted to win, summed by the sound of Belgium supporters cheering yellow cards, knowing their inferior disciplinary record could see them fail to win the group and plot a potentially easier route around Russian Federation. It was a goal worthy of winning any game as Januzaj shifted the ball onto his left foot and bent it into the top corner.

This could create a insane scenario with both teams wanting to avoid success, or putting in a few nasty tackles to lose the Fair Play ratings.

The X-factor in this fascinating script will be striker Harry Kane, who has already scored five times in two matches and has his eye on the tournament's Golden Boot.

Liverpool's 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold proved his big-match temperament as a right wing-back, although it was a mistake to entrust him with so many set-pieces, where his delivery was poor.

They've been ahead for about a minute and a half, in total, of their three matches and it's unusual to see them struggle as much as they have. 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.

Related Articles

  • Hamilton wins pole position in French Grand Prix

    Hamilton wins pole position in French Grand Prix

    Ricciardo was quick to point to Hamilton s new engine as a factor even before its introduction was confirmed by Mercedes . Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was fourth on the timesheets in both sessions, with Vettel also fifth in both.
    Turkey votes in pivotal test for Erdogan

    Turkey votes in pivotal test for Erdogan

    Erdogan continues to receive congratulatory messages, which began even before the completion of the vote count on Sunday. Recep Erdogan has been the country's de facto leader since 2002, holding the position of president since 2014.
    Explosion rocks Zimbabwe president's rally

    Explosion rocks Zimbabwe president's rally

    Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, said: 'Our prayers go out to the injured and we hope no lives have been lost. Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived a bomb attack reportedly aimed at him in the city of Bulawayo.
  • England arrive in Kaliningrad ahead of Belgium clash

    A draw will take them into tiebreakers, where it could even go to fair play points ( yellow cards , red cards) to decide who wins. However, while England and Belgium have been scoring freely, they have also conceded some goals which looked rather unwarranted.
    Joe Jackson Dies at 89 After Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

    Joe Jackson Dies at 89 After Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

    During the 1980s, daughters LaToya, Janet and Rebbie had their own musical projects. - Matthew A. Katherine described his alleged extramarital affairs in the book My Family, The Jacksons .
    Serena Williams seeded No. 25 at Wimbledon, Roger Federer No. 1

    Serena Williams seeded No. 25 at Wimbledon, Roger Federer No. 1

    Sharapova is seeded one place above her whilst Serena's sister Venus, who lost in last year's final, is ninth seed. The All England Club, which runs Wimbledon , usually sticks to seeding the top 32 players.
  • Turkey votes as Erdogan eyes second term

    Turkey votes as Erdogan eyes second term

    He will also have the right to appoint individuals into high-level government positions and senior roles within the judiciary. Analysts predict an economic downturn amid rising inflation and a struggling currency. "Turkey's hopes will be revived".
    Supreme Court reverses decision on Texas districts

    Supreme Court reverses decision on Texas districts

    The court upheld every one of the state's contested Congressional districts and almost all contested State Legislative districts. In exchange, he demanded that Stutzman give up her religious and artistic freedom.
    2018 NBA Draft grades — Phoenix Suns

    2018 NBA Draft grades — Phoenix Suns

    Embiid's reason for not wanting people to stack up his game next to Ayton's is that Ayton does not play one side of the game. It was a big night for the big men in this National Basketball Association throwback draft at Barclays Center arena in NY .
  • Ahead of 2+2 dialogue, Trump says India charges 100% tariff

    Ahead of 2+2 dialogue, Trump says India charges 100% tariff

    He said the company has been working with Twitter to see if the tweets could be removed and to figure out where they originated. Harley-Davidson now increasingly relies on overseas markets with a dwindling customer base in the US.
    Mosquito-borne parasite, Dirofilaria repens, found migrating in woman’s face

    Mosquito-borne parasite, Dirofilaria repens, found migrating in woman’s face

    Doctors determined that the wandering wart was actually a marauding parasite, likely transmitted by a mosquito bite on her trip. After she visited an ophthalmologist it turned out that the moving lump was a parasite known as Dirofilaria repens .
    England vs. Panama, Mexico vs. South Korea and more thrilling game highlights

    England vs. Panama, Mexico vs. South Korea and more thrilling game highlights

    A loss too will not halt their progress provided Germany lose to or draw with South Korea , who are yet to open their account. Mexico are top on six. "We are prepared to win all three matches".