Belgium have won the 2018 FIFA World Cup Third Place game, which is Belgiums best ever World Cup Finish with a 2-0 victory against England.
Belgium Yellow Card
Axel Witsel goes in the book for disrespect of distance.
YELLOW CARD: BELGIUM
Eden Hazard plays in Kevin De Bruyne this time on the left flank but his shot gets blocked right away by John Stones.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has come off for Dele Alli.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek Dele Alli
Eden Hazard recieves the ball from Kevin De Bruyne who dribbles in and beats Jordan Pickford near post. 2-0 Belgium.
Assist by - Kevin De Bruyne
Belgium has another counter attack after a beautiful passing display by Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Dries Mertens who plays a killer cross to Thomas Meunier who hits a venomous shot on the volley but Jordan Pickford does well to parry the ball away.
Moussa Dembele has come on for Youri Tielemans.
England Yellow Card
Harry Maguire gets a yellow card for dissent.
Youri Tielemans Moussa Dembele
Kevin De Bruyne starts another Belgium counter attack and plays Dries Mertens in who tries a curling shot from just inside the box but miss hits it and goes out for a goal kick
YELLOW CARD: ENGLAND
England Free Kick
Kieran Trippier plays in another great ball from the free kick and finds the head of Harry Maguire but his shot misses just wide as well.
Eric Dier has another shot near the penalty spot after Jesse Lingard whips in a cross but his header just misses the far post.
England Free Kick
Kieran Trippier lines up and takes a free kick from about 30 yards out and crosses it in which has to be headed behind for a corner by Vincent Kompany.
Eric Dier plays a one-two and flicks it over a sliding Thibaut Courtois from the 6 yard box but is cleared off the line by his Tottenham teammate Toby Alderweireld.
Eric Dier takes a low driven shot from outside the box which forces a diving save by Thibaut Courtois to his right which he handles and doesn't give up a rebound.
After an England corner, Belgium hit England on the counter started by a beautiful touch by Kevin De Bruyne and a pass to the wing to Dries Mertens but nothing happens on the 4 on 3 attackas Kevin De Bruyne plays a ball but Dries Mertens doesn't make the run.
Romelu Lukaku is being subbed off for Dries Mertens.
Romelu Lukaku Dries Mertens
Kevin De Bruyne plays Romelu Lukaku in again but his first touch is heavy once more and Jordan Pickford comes out to claim it.
Jesse Lingard drives a ball across the 6 yard box but Harry Kane can't get a boot to it to deflect it goalwards and goes behind for a goal kick.
England Yellow Card
John Stones gets a yellow card for holding Eden Hazard and preventing him from starting a Belgian counter attack.
YELLOW CARD: ENGLAND
England Free Kick
Kieran Trippier whips in a cross from the right flank and has to be defended by Jan Vertonghen who deflects it behind for a corner kick.
Seoncd Half Start
The teams have switched sides with Belgium now attacking from right to left, and the second half is underway.
Raheem Sterling Marcus Rashford
Danny Rose Jesse Lingard
Alireza Faghani blows the whistle before Belgium can take a corner to signal halftime. Belgium lead 1-0 after 45 minutes thanks to Thomas Meunier's 4th minute goal, the Red Devil's quickest World Cup goal ever.
Some excellent defending by John Stones denies Romelu Lukaku one on one when he took his shot from just outside the box.
Kevin De Bruyne has a go from just inside the box but his shot is blocked right away by the English defense.
Nacer Chadli has to come out due to his injury. Thomas Vermaelen has come on.
Nacer Chadli Thomas Vermaelen
Nacer Chadli is being looked at by physios after pulling up with a left leg injury. The Belgian physios are signaling for a substitution.
Kevin De Bruyne plays a pass for Youri Tielemans who is sitting outside the box but whiffs his shot which luckily goes directo to Toby Alderweireld who puts too much on it and sends the ball over the bar.
Eden Hazard dribbles into the box and has a go from around the penalty spot but his shot is blocked by John Stones before it can get to Jordan Pickford.
Youri Tielemans has a strike from just outside the box but is blocked immediately by a sliding English defender.
Raheem Sterling sets up Harry Kane just inside the 18 yard box but has to wait on the ball a split second and the shot and misses inches wide to the left.
Kieran Trippier takes the corner and plays the ball near the penalty spot which Harry Maguire wins the header but can't get enough power on it to beat Thibaut Courtois who saves it easily.
Kevin De Bruyne plays a first time ball to Romelu Lukaku inside the box but his first touch is too heavy and the ball goes straight to Jordan Pickford before he can get a shot away.
Kieran Trippier sends in a first time cross who finds the open head of Ruben Loftus-Cheek but his header goes directly at the Belgian keeper.
Fabian Delph has a shot from outside the box but his low driven shot isn't a problem for Thibaut Courtois who easily scoops it up.
The ball sneaks past England's defense which leaves Kevin De Bruyne open who has a go at net which forces a save from Jordan Pickford's right hand and parries it away.
England Free Kick
Kieran Trippier whips in a free kick from about 35 yards out but over hits it as England has no runners at the back post.
On the first shot of the game, Belgium hit England on the counter-attack which Romelu Lukaku sends it wide to the left flank for Nacer Chadli who plays in a tasty low driven cross for Thomas Meunier who beat Danny Rose and tucks it home on his right foot at the six yard box. 1-0 Belgium.
Assist by - Nacer Chadli
Alireza Faghani (Iran) is the man in the middle tonight. He blows his whistle, and we are underway at Saint Petersburg Stadium. Belgium attack from left to right and are sporting their yellow kit while England wear their red.
England Substitutions - Kyle Walker, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Jamie Vardy, Jack Butland, Danny Welbeck, Gary Cahill, Ashley Young, Marcus Rashford, Dele Alli, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nick Pope
England (3-5-2) - Jordan Pickford; Phil Jones, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph, Danny Rose; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane; Gareth Southgate (M)
Belgium Substitutions - Thomas Vermaelen, Marouane Fellaini, Yannick Carrasco, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels, Dries Mertens, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Moussa Dembele, Dedryck Boyata, Michy Batshuayi, Leander Dendoncker
England will have to wait another four years for football to come home after a heartbreaking extra time defeat to Croatia. The Three Lions will look for Golden Boot leader Harry Kane to solidify a third place win, while powerful midfielder Eric Dier will sit in front of England's defensive three to clean up any balls that Belgium's creative midfielders come up with.
Belgium come into this game after losing to France 1-0 in a thrilling Semi-Final. The Red Devils look to have a repeat of their Group G match, having beaten England already once this tournament 1-0. The Belgians will look for striker Romelu Lukaku to bag the goals while playmakers Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne will look to dictate tempo.
Welcome to the 2018 World Cup Third Place match. Today we see a rematch of the two teams who advanced from Group G, as Belgium takes on England. With kickoff just a little under an hour away, let's see how these teams will line up.
Belgium and England square off for the second time at the 2018 World Cup on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. This time, it's in the 2018 World Cup third-place play-off from Saint Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium. Belgium defeated England 1-0 in the final group stage game, with Adnan Januzaj scoring the lone goal. Belgium enters Saturday's rematch at +130 on the money line, meaning you'd need to bet $100 on a Belgium victory to win $130. England is +200, while a draw in regulation is +250. The over-under on total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup match is 3.
Before you enter your 2018 World Cup picks for Belgium vs. England, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say. Sumpter is an applied mathematician and author of "Soccermatics," a book that explains how math works inside the sport. Together with other experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.
The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In nearly three seasons since its inception, the Soccerbot is up an incredible 1,800 percent on bookmakers' closing odds.
The model is crushing the World Cup knockout stage. It strongly recommended Croatia as an underdog at +135 against England in the semifinals. The result: Croatia stamped its ticket to the Russia 2018 final with a thrilling 2-1 victory.
It also correctly predicted draws in regulation for Spain-Russia (+280), Croatia-Denmark (+225) and England-Colombia (+215) and was all over France beating Uruguay in regulation to reach the semifinals, not to mention Brazil and Belgium cruising in their Round of 16 matchups, just to name a few of its big calls. Anyone who has followed it is way, way up.
Now, the Soccerbot has digested the film, crunched the numbers and broken down every player on the Belgian and English rosters. The model has released a very strong money-line pick, which it's sharing over at SportsLine.
The model knows England finished second in Group G after a loss to Belgium. It then allowed a stoppage-time tally to Colombia before winning on penalty kicks in the Round of 16. The English conquered the Swedes in the quarterfinals.
England hadn't conceded more than one goal in any 2018 World Cup fixture before the 2-1 loss in the semis, and it scored at least two goals three times. England has 2018 World Cup Golden Boot favorite Harry Kane in its corner. Kane is 1-7 to win the award and scored six goals.
The model also knows Belgium fell one game short of reaching the 2018 World Cup final after suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat in the semifinals. It was Belgium's first defeat since the Red Devils lost a friendly against Spain in 2016. Despite having almost 64 percent of the possession in the semifinal, Belgium attempted just nine shots, while allowing 19.
Belgium's golden generation, which features Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, played extremely well in Russia 2018. The trio combined to lead Belgium's attack with seven goals and four assists at the 2018 World Cup.