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4 min: Rose rakes a long pass down the left for Rashford, who briefly worries Boyata. Rashford looks up for this. It’s been a brisk start by England, which fits in with the following theory, as reported by David Flynn: “Eamon Dunphy on RTE just speculated that Southgate knows England won’t win the World Cup and so wants to beat Belgium knowing that there’s not much between the two possible second round teams, and it would either look great if they beat Brazil or look not that bad if they lost to Brazil.”
2 min: A very uncertain start by Thorgan Hazard, who plays a blind pass back down the Belgian left and sends Vardy skittering down the wing. Vardy looks for Rashford in the middle, but his low, hard cross is kicked away by Courtois. Meanwhile a word of warning from Philip Ritson: “Didn’t Roy make wholesale changes in the last group game at Euro 2016? Look what happened next!”
Written by Scott Murray
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/jun/28/world-cup-2018-england-v-belgium-live under the title “World Cup 2018: England v Belgium – live!”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.