'Nothing is coming home' - Nigerians react to Belgium win over England

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14 July, 2018

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Belgium v/s England 3rd place play-off match will take place on Saturday, July 14.

Martinez says "We faced eye-to-eye to Brazil".

"We are better than England". We had them on the ropes for the first half-hour of that and we just couldn't get a goal. Against the very best teams, we've come up short.

"We've set a standard in how we work, we've set a standard in the way we play".

"Sometimes it's not always a good decision for people to play if their energy isn't quite there and we've got to think about who can give us the best performance", he said.

To watch a preview of Saturday's Belgium vs. England World Cup third-place playoff match, check out the video below, courtesy of the Radio Times.

Both sides will be featuring in their second third-place match, with Belgium losing to France in 1980, followed by England losing to Italy in 1984.

England have flattered to deceive in Russian Federation and surpassed all expectations.

Of course, that is purely in footballing terms because, financially, Federation Internationale de Football Association will milk the World Cup cow until it is bone dry with ticket sales, sponsorship, adverts and TV revenue all being guzzled up through another fixture on the schedule.

Southgate and his players will fly to Birmingham on Sunday with their relationship with the fanbase strengthened. "We have a fantastic squad and to finish on the podium would be something". The organization of the tournament has been brilliant. "There's a lot talked about relationships between our two countries _ but on a personal level and mixing with the people of Russian Federation, we couldn't have been more welcome".

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Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the third-place play-off between Belgium and England.

With 10 minutes left a stunning counter-attack involving De Bruyne and Dries Mertens saw the latter chip the ball into the path of Meunier, but the defender's first-time volley was brilliantly saved by Pickford.

Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), and Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur).

Maguire then headed just a yard wide from an excellent set-piece delivery from the impressive Kieran Trippier with just over 15 minutes to go.

England players look on as Belgium is recognised as the third place winne. "We want to finish the tournament well", he added.

The FA has been warned over the misconduct of a group of England fans who engaged in "political chants" during the defeat to Croatia. "We don't want to wait another 20-odd years to get into another major semifinal". For me, Belgium was the most consistently entertaining team at World Cup 2018, and I expect the Belgians will keep playing with that swashbuckling style. At the other end his set-piece deliveries were consistently risky, enabling England to apply sustained pressure in the second half. Neither hit the target with their headers.

And Barton could not resist having a go at England's record in the tournament. In the group stage, both teams had already qualified before Belgium's 1-0 win in Kaliningrad.

Gareth Southgate chose to make five changes to his side, with the likes of Danny Rose and Phil Jones replacing Ashley Young and Kyle Walker in the starting lineup.

Phil Jones failed to intercept the pass which led to Hazard's goal.

Belgium almost doubled its lead in the 35th minute when Youri Tielemans lofted a ball into the area for Toby Alderweireld. He's scored in nine of the last 11 matches where they've scored at least twice, scoring 16 in total. Jesse Lingard - we have to check on him.


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