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Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

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Posted at 12:10 PM, Jul 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-14 19:14:46-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Belgium earned its highest World Cup finish on Saturday by beating England 2-0 in the third-place match.

Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored a goal each for the Belgians, who lost to France in the semifinals on Tuesday.
    
Meunier scored in the fourth minute, knocking a cross from Nacer Chadli past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Hazard added the other off a pass from Kevin de Bruyne in the 82nd.
    
Toby Alderweireld denied England's best chance of the game, sliding on the goal line to clear a shot from Eric Dier.
    
England, which lost to Croatia in the semifinals, matched its best World Cup result - fourth in 1990 - since winning the tournament for the only time in 1966.
    
France and Croatia will play in the final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
    
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