Russia 2018 June 14 - July 15, 2018

World Cup

TITLE TEAMS: Belgium v England
Thursday, June 28, 2018
 Full TimeFOX/TELE
 0-1A. Januzaj  51'
BELA. Januzaj  51' 0-1
HT: 0-0
Kaliningrad Stadium (Attendance: 33,973)
Referee: Damir Skomina
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England vs. Belgium
Minute Commentary
The Red Devils end up taking Group G on the last matchday to seal a meeting with Japan this weekend, while the English will have an extra day of rest before they face off with Colombia. The masterclass of a strike by Adnan Januzaj was truly something to behold, no keeper could have saved that one as it was wired into the far upper corner of goal. The English, on the other hand, did not play exceptionally well however they were not completely terrible. There were a few bright spots for the Three Lions, especially considering the fact that almost all of their normal starters were rested today.
That is it! Belgium defeat England by the score of 1-0 in Kaliningrad!
Michy Batshuayi drives into the area down the right wing and cuts a ball back through the English defense to find an open Marouane Fellaini! Fellaini struggles to control the ball as its tackled off his foot which in turn results in a mad scramble in front of Jordan Pickford's net. The ball bounces wildly around the six yard box until the referee finally blows his whistle for a foul committed by a Red Devil.
Dries Mertens receives a pass just outside the area and unleashes a blast from his right foot. The ball is sliced ever so slightly causing it to bend toward the middle of net which allows Jordan Pickford just enough time to make a diving punch save.
Danny Welbeck pounces on a loose ball inside the area after a corner kick and sends a low drive on goal! The ball almost makes its way through a tangle of legs in front, but Marouane Fellaini is there to make a last second block to send the ball out of bounds for a corner kick.
Gareth Southgate brings on his second substitution of the evening. He elects to bring on Danny Welbeck for Trent Alexander-Arnold, which on the surface should tell us that the English are looking to draw level with the Red Devils.
Trent Alexander-Arnold slices in a free kick from the midfield passed the far post to an open Harry Maguire. The Leicester City defender attempts to cross the ball back into the center of the box with his head, but Thibaut Courtois skillfully comes out and collects the ball with his massive right hand.
A clearance out of the area falls into a favorable position allowing Fabian Delph to compose himself and attempt a shot on goal. The ball bounces off the pitch and the Manchester City man volleys it, however Dedryck Boyata is directly in the way as it ricochets off the defender's head and clear from danger.
Jamie Vardy springs Marcus Rashford with an incredible ball that sends the Manchester United player in alone on Thibaut Courtois! The keeper charges off his line and somehow gets a fingertip to the shot to send it out for a corner kick.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek sprints down the right flank and chips in a cross to the near post, but the massive Thibaut Courtois leaps up and bats the ball away with his right hand to clear the danger.
Thomas Vermaelen and Jamie Vardy knock heads as both rise up for an aerial ball causing the Belgian to go down with a clear cut to to the face. Play has been halted for the moment, but it appears that the defender will be well enough to continue.
52' GOAL
Adnan Januzaj found the ball at his feet on the right side of the area and executed a perfect cut back to lose his marker Danny Rose. Januzaj then struck an absolute beauty that bent its way into the far side netting, directly passed the outstretched hands of a diving Jordan Pickford.
51' GOAL
Adnan Januzaj scores! Belgium take the 1-0 lead!
Jamie Vardy intercepts a pass inside the Belgian half and sends Marcus Rashford into the box with a nicely threaded through pass. Rashford opens up his hips and tries to curl the ball into the upper right corner of net, however his shot sails both high and wide.
The second half has begun in Russia! John Stones exits the match for Harry Maguire which was the only substitution made at the break. The teams have flipped ends and it will now be the English that attack from right to left.
Although each team created several chances, all in all it was a fairly pedestrian first half. Clearly neither side wishes to grab ahold of this game to take the three points and it was Belgium that earned two yellow cards in the opening 45 minutes meaning they have all but sealed losing the FIFA fair points tiebreaker.
45' HALF
The whistle blows in Kaliningrad and we head to the break scoreless!
Ruben Loftus-Cheek bends in a beautiful cross from the midfield toward the near post looking to find Fabian Delph. Dedryck Boyata is able to cut off the pass at the last second to make a key clearance and give the Three Lions a corner kick.
A poor clearance out of the Belgian area falls perfectly into the run of a charging Ruben Loftus-Cheek! The midfielder's first touch is far too heavy, though, giving Thorgan Hazard ample time to come out, dispossess him, and turn play up field.
The ball pings around the area ensuing a free kick in the English half of the pitch until it finally is dished out by Michy Batshuayi to a lurking Thorgan Hazard. Hazard lines up his shot and lets it fly, but his effort is completely mishit as it soars above Jordan Pickford's crossbar and out for a goal kick.
34' TAA to RLC
Trent Alexander-Arnold continues to put on a magnificent performance today as he delivers a picture perfect cross to the near post from a corner kick. Ruben Loftus-Cheek loses his man and tries to place a header into the back of the net, but ultimately his effort misses the intended target by several feet.
Trent Alexander-Arnold flies down the right flank and swings in a cross, or possibly shot, into the area. If it was a pass he was searching for the sprinting Jamie Vary, but missed terribly. However, if it was a shot the Liverpool player did not miss the far post by much.
Marouane Fellaini chests down a ball inside the box after a corner kick and attempts to bury it with his right foot into the bottom of the net, however Trent Alexander-Arnold is in perfect position on the post to make a sliding block to deny the Manchester United midfielder.
Overall the opening stages of this match have been supremely sloppy. Each side has been able to create limited chances with most attacks falling apart just within the attacking third.
Danny Rose tries to break away down the left flank, but is cut down viciously by Youri Tielemans! The whistle is blown immediately and Tielemans is shown the first yellow card of the day, which may play a huge part in the fair points tiebreaker should this game end in a draw.
Trent Alexander-Arnold swings in a cross from the right sideline looking for his striker in the center of the box. The Liverpool wingback finds Jamie Vardy, however Vardy's free header glances off the forward's forehead and well wide of the intended target.
Gary Cahill with a massive goal line clearance following a scramble in front of net! A pass found Michy Batshuayi in the middle of the six yard box and the Chelsea product tried to turn it passed Jordan Pickford, however the ball took a deflection and ended up sitting on the line allowing Cahill time to swing it out of the box.
Youri Tielemans has a go from distance and unleashes an rocket with his right foot! The high drive tests Jordan Pickford in the upper portion of his goal, but the young keeper is able to connect two fists to the ball to make the early vital save.
We are underway in Kaliningrad! The Belgians begin the match attacking from right to left in their all red kits with argyle patterns on the front, while the English wear white tops and navy bottoms. The head official today is Damir Skomina from Slovenia who is assisted by Jure Praprotnik, Robert Vukan, and Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed.
Belgium and England are already through, but this game will determine who finishes as the Group G winner and who will be the runner-up. This match could be quite interesting as one or both teams could intentionally play for a draw or even for a loss in order to secure an easier route to the final. The group winner would face off against Japan in the Round of 16, but then if they won would have to face Brazil or Mexico, then they’d play either France, Argentina, Portugal, or Uruguay. The runner up’s path though would travel through Colombia, Sweden or Switzerland, and finally Spain, Russia, Croatia, or Denmark before reaching the final.
Belgium Bench: Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels, Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier
Belgium (3-4-3): Thibaut Courtois; Leander Dendoncker, Dedryck Boyata, Thomas Vermaelen; Thorgan Hazard, Marouane Fellaini, Moussa Dembele, Nacer Chadli; Adnan Januzaj, Michy Batshuayi, Youri Tielemans
England Bench: Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Kieran Trippier, Jack Butland, Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Nick Pope
England (3-5-2): Jordan Pickford; John Stones, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Rose; Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy
Even though the Red Devils haven’t faced a world class team, they’ve still been one of the most impressive squads so far this tournament. Neither match that Belgium’s participated in have ever been in doubt as they took complete control over both Panama and Tunisia. The question remains though: Will the Belgians put forth the same performance against another talented European team or will the wilt under the pressure?
The Three Lions opened the tournament in an uninspiring manner against the considerably weaker team in Tunisia, however a Harry Kane brace netted them the three points. England then asserted their true dominance upon Panama in an eye-popping 6-1 victory with a hat trick from Harry Kane, a brace from John Stones, and another goal scored by Jesse Lingard.
England and Belgium square off in Kaliningrad this afternoon to determine who finishes as the winner of Group G! Kickoff is right around the corner, so in the meantime let’s take a look at today’s starting lineups and how these teams have performed thus far in the 2018 World Cup.
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Jordan Pickford1
Phil Jones16
46' John Stones5
Gary Cahill15
79' Trent Alexander-Arnold22
Ruben Loftus-Cheek21
Eric Dier4
Fabian Delph17
Danny Rose3
Marcus Rashford19
Jamie Vardy11
Jack Butland13
Nick Pope23
46' Harry Maguire6
Ashley Young18
Kyle Walker2
Kieran Trippier12
Jordan Henderson8
Dele Alli20
Jesse Lingard7
79' Danny Welbeck14
Harry Kane9
Raheem Sterling10
1Thibaut Courtois
23Leander Dendoncker 33'
20Dedryck Boyata
3Thomas Vermaelen 74'
22Nacer Chadli
8Marouane Fellaini
19Moussa Dembele
16Thorgan Hazard
18Adnan Januzaj 86' 51' 
21Michy Batshuayi
17Youri Tielemans 19'
12Simon Mignolet
13Koen Casteels
4Vincent Kompany 74'
5Jan Vertonghen
2Toby Alderweireld
15Thomas Meunier
6Axel Witsel
7Kevin De Bruyne
11Yannick Carrasco
14Dries Mertens 86'
10Eden Hazard
9Romelu Lukaku
Gareth Southgate 
Roberto Martínez 
1Jordan Pickford
16Phil Jones
5John Stones
Substitution Harry Maguire (on) 46'
15Gary Cahill
22Trent Alexander-Arnold
Substitution Danny Welbeck (on) 79'
21Ruben Loftus-Cheek
4Eric Dier
17Fabian Delph
3Danny Rose
19Marcus Rashford
11Jamie Vardy
13Jack Butland
23Nick Pope
6Harry Maguire
Substitution Harry Maguire (on) 46'
18Ashley Young
2Kyle Walker
12Kieran Trippier
8Jordan Henderson
20Dele Alli
7Jesse Lingard
14Danny Welbeck
Substitution Danny Welbeck (on) 79'
9Harry Kane
10Raheem Sterling
Gareth Southgate 
1Thibaut Courtois
23Leander Dendoncker
Yellow Card 33'
20Dedryck Boyata
3Thomas Vermaelen
Substitution Vincent Kompany (on) 74'
22Nacer Chadli
8Marouane Fellaini
19Mousa Dembélé
16Thorgan Hazard
18Adnan Januzaj
Substitution Dries Mertens (on) 86'
Goal 51'
21Michy Batshuayi
17Youri Tielemans
Yellow Card 19'
12Simon Mignolet
13Koen Casteels
4Vincent Kompany
Substitution Thomas Vermaelen (off) 74'
5Jan Vertonghen
2Toby Alderweireld
15Thomas Meunier
6Axel Witsel
7Kevin De Bruyne
11Yannick Carrasco
14Dries Mertens
Substitution Adnan Januzaj (off) 86'
10Eden Hazard
9Romelu Lukaku
Roberto Martínez 
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Team Stats
EnglandENG BelgiumBEL
0 Goals 1
0 Assists 1
13 Shots 15
1 Shots on Goal 4
3 Saves 1
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
25 Crosses 7
7 Corner Kicks 2
3 Offside 1
11 Fouls Committed 14
0 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
47% Ball Possession 53%
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Jordan Pickford 90 - 0 0 1 3
3Danny Rose 90 0 0 0 - -
4Eric Dier 90 0 0 0 - -
5John Stones 45 0 0 0 - -
11Jamie Vardy 90 0 0 0 - -
15Gary Cahill 90 0 0 0 - -
16Phil Jones 90 0 0 0 - -
17Fabian Delph 90 0 0 0 - -
19Marcus Rashford 90 0 0 0 - -
21Ruben Loftus-Cheek 90 0 0 0 - -
22Trent Alexander-Arnold 79 0 0 0 - -
6Harry Maguire 45 0 0 0 - -
14Danny Welbeck 11 0 0 0 - -

No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Thibaut Courtois 90 - 0 0 0 1
3Thomas Vermaelen 74 0 0 0 - -
8Marouane Fellaini 90 0 0 0 - -
16Thorgan Hazard 90 0 0 0 - -
17Youri Tielemans 90 0 1 0 - -
18Adnan Januzaj 86 1 0 0 - -
19Moussa Dembele 90 0 0 0 - -
20Dedryck Boyata 90 0 0 0 - -
21Michy Batshuayi 90 0 0 0 - -
22Nacer Chadli 90 0 0 0 - -
23Leander Dendoncker 90 0 1 0 - -
4Vincent Kompany 16 0 0 0 - -
14Dries Mertens 4 0 0 0 - -
EnglandENG vs. BelgiumBEL
Minute Event
90+4' Game Over England 0-1 Belgium
90+4' Half Over England 0-1 Belgium
90+2' Goal Kick Jordan Pickford (England)
90+2' Shot Marouane Fellaini (Belgium)
90+1' Free Kick Jordan Pickford (England)
90+1' Foul Pickford fouled by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium)
90+1' Cross Michy Batshuayi (Belgium) - Defended
90+1' Injury Time (Belgium)
90' Free Kick Youri Tielemans (Belgium)
90' Foul Tielemans fouled by Eric Dier (England)
90' Cross Marcus Rashford (England) - Headed Out - In Play
89' Free Kick Jordan Pickford (England)
89' Foul Loftus-Cheek fouled by Dedryck Boyata (Belgium)
89' Shot Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)
89' Shot on Goal Dries Mertens (Belgium)
88' Goal Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
87' Shot Danny Welbeck (England)
87' Cross Danny Rose (England) - Off Target
87' Free Kick Danny Rose (England)
87' Foul Rose fouled by Leander Dendoncker (Belgium)
87' Free Kick Youri Tielemans (Belgium)
87' Foul Tielemans fouled by Danny Rose (England)
86' Free Kick Phil Jones (England)
86' Foul Jones fouled by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium)
86' Goal Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
86' Substitution Dries Mertens (on). Januzaj (off). (Belgium)
85' Cross Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England) - Directly Out
85' Cross Danny Rose (England) - Headed Out - In Play
83' Cross Marcus Rashford (England)
83' Corner Kick Marcus Rashford (England)
83' Shot Danny Welbeck (England)
83' Cross Marcus Rashford (England)
83' Corner Kick Marcus Rashford (England)
81' Goal Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
81' Shot Marcus Rashford (England)
81' Free Kick Marcus Rashford (England)
80' Foul Loftus-Cheek fouled by Dedryck Boyata (Belgium)
79' Free Kick Leander Dendoncker (Belgium)
79' Substitution Danny Welbeck (on). Alexander-Arnold (off). (England)
78' Foul Chadli fouled by Marcus Rashford (England)
78' Throw-In Nacer Chadli (Belgium)
77' Cross Marouane Fellaini (Belgium) - Completed Pass
77' Throw-In Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)
76' Cross Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Completed Pass
76' Free Kick Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
75' Foul Vardy fouled by Vincent Kompany (Belgium)
75' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
74' Substitution Vincent Kompany (on). Vermaelen (off). (Belgium)
72' Cross Adnan Januzaj (Belgium) - Headed Out - In Play
72' Free Kick Adnan Januzaj (Belgium)
71' Foul Fellaini fouled by Eric Dier (England)
70' Shot Fabian Delph (England)
70' Cross Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Completed Pass
69' Throw-In Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
68' Goal Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
67' Shot Fabian Delph (England)
67' Throw-In Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
66' Cross Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Clearance Out of Play
66' Corner Kick Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Clearance Out of Play
66' Shot on Goal Marcus Rashford (England)
65' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
64' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
63' Cross Danny Rose (England) - Clearance In Play
63' Free Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
62' Offside Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
61' Goal Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
61' Cross Phil Jones (England) - Directly Out
61' Cross Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England)
60' Free Kick Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
60' Offside Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)
57' Throw-In Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
56' Free Kick Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)
56' Foul Vermaelen fouled by Jamie Vardy (England)
56' Throw-In Nacer Chadli (Belgium)
55' Shot Adnan Januzaj (Belgium)
54' Free Kick Fabian Delph (England)
54' Foul Dier fouled by Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)
54' Shot Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
54' Free Kick Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
53' Foul Loftus-Cheek fouled by Moussa Dembele (Belgium)
52' Throw-In Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)
51' Goal Adnan Januzaj (Belgium). Assist by Tielemans
51' Shot on Goal Adnan Januzaj (Belgium)
50' Free Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
49' Foul Dendoncker fouled by Marcus Rashford (England)
49' Goal Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
48' Shot Marcus Rashford (England)
48' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
46' Throw-In Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)
46' Substitution Harry Maguire (on). Stones (off). (England)
46' Start Half
45+1' Half Over England 0-0 Belgium
45' Cross Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Clearance In Play
45' Corner Kick Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Clearance In Play
45' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
43' Shot Adnan Januzaj (Belgium)
42' Cross Fabian Delph (England) - Headed Out - In Play
41' Throw-In Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
40' Goal Kick Jordan Pickford (England)
40' Shot Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)
40' Cross Nacer Chadli (Belgium) - Off Target
38' Throw-In Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)
38' Goal Kick Jordan Pickford (England)
37' Shot Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)
37' Free Kick Youri Tielemans (Belgium)
37' Foul Fellaini fouled by Phil Jones (England)
36' Cross Marcus Rashford (England) - Completed Pass
36' Shot Dedryck Boyata (Belgium)
36' Cross Thorgan Hazard (Belgium) - Off Target
36' Corner Kick Thorgan Hazard (Belgium) - Off Target
35' Shot Adnan Januzaj (Belgium)
35' Goal Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
34' Shot Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England)
34' Cross Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Off Target
34' Corner Kick Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Off Target
34' Shot Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
34' Free Kick Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
33' Yellow Card Leander Dendoncker (Belgium)
32' Foul Rose fouled by Leander Dendoncker (Belgium)
32' Free Kick Eric Dier (England)
32' Foul Delph fouled by Youri Tielemans (Belgium)
32' Goal Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
31' Cross Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Directly Out
31' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
30' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
29' Free Kick Gary Cahill (England)
29' Foul Delph fouled by Adnan Januzaj (Belgium)
28' Cross Ruben Loftus-Cheek (England) - Completed Pass
28' Throw-In Leander Dendoncker (Belgium)
27' Shot Youri Tielemans (Belgium)
27' Shot Marouane Fellaini (Belgium)
27' Cross Thorgan Hazard (Belgium) - Off Target
27' Corner Kick Thorgan Hazard (Belgium) - Off Target
27' Shot Michy Batshuayi (Belgium)
25' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
23' Free Kick Phil Jones (England)
23' Foul Marouane Fellaini (Belgium)
23' Throw-In Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)
22' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
22' Free Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
21' Offside Danny Rose (England)
21' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
20' Cross Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Headed Out - In Play
20' Free Kick Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
19' Yellow Card Youri Tielemans (Belgium)
19' Foul Rose fouled by Youri Tielemans (Belgium)
19' Cross Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Headed Out - In Play
18' Free Kick Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
18' Foul Loftus-Cheek fouled by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium)
17' Free Kick Moussa Dembele (Belgium)
17' Foul Dembele fouled by Phil Jones (England)
14' Goal Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
14' Shot Jamie Vardy (England)
14' Cross Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Off Target
13' Free Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
12' Foul Boyata fouled by Gary Cahill (England)
12' Cross Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Foul
12' Corner Kick Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Foul
12' Shot Marcus Rashford (England)
11' Cross Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Headed Out - In Play
11' Corner Kick Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) - Headed Out - In Play
10' Throw-In Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)
10' Throw-In Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)
10' Shot on Goal Michy Batshuayi (Belgium)
9' Cross Adnan Januzaj (Belgium) - Completed Pass
8' Free Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
8' Foul Januzaj fouled by Eric Dier (England)
8' Cross Danny Rose (England) - Clearance In Play
8' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
7' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
7' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
7' Throw-In Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
6' Shot on Goal Youri Tielemans (Belgium)
6' Throw-In Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)
5' Free Kick Leander Dendoncker (Belgium)
4' Offside Fabian Delph (England)
4' Throw-In Danny Rose (England)
3' Throw-In Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)
2' Free Kick Marouane Fellaini (Belgium)
2' Foul Fellaini fouled by Fabian Delph (England)
2' Cross Jamie Vardy (England) - Clearance In Play
2' Throw-In Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)
2' Throw-In Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)
1' Goal Kick Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
1' Start Half
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