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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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England dared to dream but it’s not coming home this time

By Tim Warren There have been some iconic World Cup moments in the past which have resonated through time. Germany 2006 had Zidane’s headbutt in the final, South Africa 2010 heard the constant buzz of vuvuzelas and Brazil 2014 saw the hosts infamously bundled out by Germany in a 7-1 thrashing. But what’s memorable about […]

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Super Mario Mandzukic strikes in extra time to send Croatia to first ever final

🇭🇷 Mario Mandžukić sends Croatia through to the final! ⚽💪 pic.twitter.com/Cjs2RR6tnn — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) July 11, 2018 CROATIA 2 (Perisic 68’, Mandzukic 109’) ENGLAND 1 (Trippier 5’) By Daniel Heinrich A goal in the 20th minute of extra-time by striker Mario Mandzukic has put Croatia through to its first ever World Cup final […]

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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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England use their heads to book place in semi-finals

ENGLAND 2 (Maguire 30’, Alli 58’) SWEDEN 0 By Laurence Kelson England have made their way to a World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years after beating Sweden 2-1 in Samara. Central defender, Harry Maguire and midfielder, Dele Alli, both scored with headers, bringing the Three Lions one step closer to fulfilling […]

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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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England break shootout curse to knock out Colombia

COLOMBIA 1: (Mina 93′) ENGLAND 1 : (Kane 54′) England won 4-3 on penalties By Jesse Kemp-Segedin England has lifted its penalty shootout curse to book a quarter-final spot against Sweden after defeating Colombia 4-3 on penalties in a fiery round-of-16 encounter. Match #56 | #COL 1-1 #ENG (PSO 3-4)#COLENG pic.twitter.com/UyDDXeoPKw — FIFA World Cup […]

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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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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 […]