Belgium beat England to finish third in World Cup

Belgium justified their pre-game favouritism to beat England in the third-place playoff with a 2-0 win in St Petersburg.

Roberto Martinez sent out a strong side and was rewarded with a fast start as Thomas Meunier opened the scoring before a spirited second-half fightback from England.

However, Belgium always looked dangerous on the counter and Eden Hazard made sure of the victory with eight minutes remaining. The Red Devils can count themselves slightly unfortunate not to have made the final and are 8-1 with bet365 to gain compensation by winning Euro 2020.

There were no goals for Romelu Lukaku which strengthened Harry Kane's grip on the Golden Boot despite another quiet encounter for the six-goal Three Lions skipper.

Kane, a 16-1 shot ante-post to finish as the World Cup's top goalscorer, is 1-200 with Betfair with only two semi-realistic contenders to come in the final when France face Croatia in Moscow.

Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe need hat-tricks to go level with Kane and are both 100-1 shots with Betway and Betfair. Mbappe is evens to win the Golden Ball for the best player of the World Cup with Croatia's Luka Modric at 2-1 and it's 10-1 bar the front two.

Bet365 are still refunding outright bets on any side eliminated on penalties during the World Cup and are money back on numerous markets in the final should it finish 0-0 in 90 minutes.

Maurizio Sarri has been named as Chelsea's new coach and Coral are 5-4 he wins a major trophy in his first campaign and 3-1 he lifts the Premier League during his current three-year contract.

Match in Focus

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Sampdoria v Sassuolo

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  • Sassuolo are unbeaten in their last three against Sampdoria
Expert verdict
Sampdoria have the best defensive record this season in Italy, conceding just four goals in all competitions but they may struggle to beat a decent Sassuolo side. Samp's top scorer Gregoire Defrel will no doubt be eager to notch against his former club, although Sassuolo's only defeats this season have come at Juventus and Napoli and at home to Milan.

 

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