Belgium posted a 2-0 victory over England in the third-place game at the World Cup, giving Belgium its best-ever performance at the tournament. Its previous high was fourth in 1986 after losing the playoff to France 4-2 in extra time.

Belgium’s Eden Hazard, sent a very hazardous goal into the net of the England team to consolidate the winning of England.

“When you finish a tournament you carry the feeling of the last game … Every Belgian fan deserves that winning feeling,” Martinez said before Saturday’s match. “For us the way you play is essential, not just for this tournament but for future generations.”

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Saturday’s victory was the second time this tournament Belgium beat England. In the first round finale for both sides — treated almost like a friendly since both teams had already qualified and made a total 17 changes to the lineup — Belgium won that encounter in Kaliningrad 1-0.

England hasn’t won the World Cup since 1966. Fourth place here is the highest it has finished since then, matching its placing in Italy in 1990.

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