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3rd place play-off: Belgium v England – Live commentary

Welcome to live commentary of the 3rd place play-off between England and Belgium. Our reporter Laurence Kelson will take you through the action from the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg.

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Bronze for Belgium, more disappointment for England

ENGLAND 0 BELGIUM 2 (Meunier 4’, Hazard 82’) By Caleb Lawrence Belgium has achieved its best World Cup result in defeating England 2-0 in the 3rd place play-off at Russia 2018. Goals from Eden Hazard and Thomas Meunier again highlighted the potency of the Belgians on the counter-attack. For England, a fourth place is its […]

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France storm into final to end dreams of Belgium’s golden generation

FRANCE: 1 (Umtiti 51′) BELGIUM: 0 By Jesse Kemp-Segedin France is the first team into the World Cup final at Russia 2018 after shutting down Belgium’s much-vaunted attack on its way to a 1-0 victory in St Petersburg. Samuel Umtiti’s headed goal early in the second half proved the difference in a tense semi-final in […]

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Belgium upset Brazil to send tournament favourites home

BRAZIL 1 (Augusto 76’) BELGIUM 2 (Fernandinho 13’ own goal, De Bruyne 31’) By Natasha Prior Two goals in the first half was enough to send Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup for only the second time in its history. The last time Belgium defeated Brazil was in 1963 and despite being the […]

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Belgium comeback breaks Japan hearts at the death

BELGIUM 2 (Vertonghen 69’, Fellaini, 74’, Chadli 90+4’) JAPAN 2 (Haraguchi 48’, Inui 52’) By Caleb Lawrence Belgium has come from two goals down against Japan to score a stoppage-time winner with virtually the last kick of the match to secure a 3-2 victory and a place in the quarter-finals. The Japanese were on the […]

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Second-string Belgium beat England to top Group G

England 0 Belgium 1 (Januzaj 51′) By Ben James A second-string Belgium side defeated a reserve England team 1-0 to win Group G in their top of the table clash in Kaliningrad. Adnan Januzaj’s winner helped Belgium to only its second win over England in 22 attempts to set up a round-of-16 clash with Japan. […]

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Hazard and Lukaku braces in Belgium’s 5-2 thumping of Tunisia

Belgium 5 (Hazard 6′ pen, 51′, Lukaku 16′, 45+3, Batshuayi 90′) Tunisia 2 (Bonn 18′, Khazri 90+3′) By Ben James Belgium all but sealed qualification to the next round with a 5-2 win over Tunisia in Moscow. Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku both scored twice, as Lukaku joined Cristiano Ronaldo on four goals in the […]

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3 goals and 3 points as Belgium ease past Panama

Belgium 3 (Martens 47’, Lukaku 69’ 75’) Panama 0 By Natasha Prior Group G favourite Belgium opened its campaign with 3-0 defeat of World Cup debutantes Panama in Sochi. Job done for @BelRedDevils ✅#BELPAN // #WorldCup — FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 18, 2018 Belgium dominated from the first whistle and it was […]

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Time for Belgium’s golden generation to deliver

By Vincent Smith-Koppie We’ve beaten the @Pharaohs ! 3-0 ! Great support once again by @fanclub1895 😊👏 See you Monday 🆚 @fedefutbolcrc 😉 Tickets available on !#REDTOGETHER #BELEGY #WorldCup — Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 6, 2018 Why they can win This is Belgium’s best ever chance of winning silverware and the nation […]

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By Ben James Team: Belgium Nickname: Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils) World Cup appearances: 13 (Best finish of 4th place in 1986) World ranking: 3 Coach: Roberto Martinez Captain: Eden Hazard Player to watch: Kevin De Bruyne On the back of a stunning season with Manchester City’s record-breaking team, De Bruyne has announced himself […]

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Getting Real About Illicit Drug Use at EDM Festivals

The electronic dance music (EDM) business, propelled by large scale music festivals, has grown to an estimated worth of $4.5 billion, […]

World XI – Jakob Gisik

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (France) Lloris edges out Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois as the starting goalkeeper. The French captain wasn’t […]

World XI – Vincent Smith-Koppie

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) Thibaut Courtois finished the World Cup with a tournament-high 27 saves including some special efforts in […]

World XI – Ben James

Goalkeeper – Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) The main reason behind Denmark’s group stage survival, Kasper more than lived up to his […]

World XI – Michael Djordjieski

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford (England) The 24-year-old Everton shot stopper was immense for England throughout the tournament. Pickford arguably produced […]

World XI – Josh Knox

Goalkeeper – Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico) Ochoa only featured in the four matches but made a whopping 25 saves in the […]

World XI – Dominic Unwin

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave veteran Joe Hart out of England’s squad paid off after Pickford […]