Belgium favored in third-place match over England

Minnie Murray
July 13, 2018

"The only wish I have is to lift the cup for Croatia".

The Three Lions took the lead on a terrific free kick by Kieran Trippier in the 5th minute. But Croatia hit back through Ivan Perisic to force extra time, where Mario Mandzukic then finished past Jordan Pickford to confirm that football, contrary to popular belief, isn't coming home just yet. "We have to build", he said. But it doesn't bother me what others say. The ball rebounded nearly out of play, then sat up for Kane to take another shot from less than two yards at a tight angle.

While Dalic is bullish about his side's chances, he acknowledged that Croatia found it hard to deal with the threat of England forward Raheem Sterling throughout the semi-final.

England fans are the subject of a Federation Internationale de Football Association investigation after claims were made that "possibly discriminatory" chants were sung during the Three Lions' World Cup semi final loss to Croatia. For me, it is not news that Croatia could reach the final of the World Cup!

Celebrities, former players and royalty have been praising the England team for their "beautiful World Cup run", calling them "heroes" who have made the country proud.

History in Turin had its echo in Moscow on Wednesday, and England's scorer 28 years ago, Gary Lineker, was at the Luzhniki Stadium to see it.


The Stuttgart defender has been a revelation for France at full-back and is one of the most underrated players of the tournament and could earn himself a big money move post the final.

Selection: £1 on Belgium to win 3-2 at 28/1 with bet365. The team needed Kane to use his head in stoppage time to get the victor.

However, many third-place games have been one-sided, like the Netherlands' 3-0 victory over Brazil in 2014, or a source of trivia, like Turkey's 3-2 win over South Korea in 2002.

"I'd be amazed if we didn't learn in the next few days that Kane wasn't carrying an injury since the Colombia game".

A collection of front pages after England loses to Croatia in the World Cup. It is a game neither team want to play, even if it could determine if Harry Kane wins the Golden Boot.

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