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.”
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.