England 0-1 Belgium: Januzaj goal hands Red Devils poisoned chalice

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Going into the game as Group G leaders, England fell behind Belgium in the pecking order when Adnan Januzaj struck early in the second half.

England, meanwhile, will have a somewhat easier journey to the final should they get past Colombia in the opening match.

Belgium's win doesn't come without benefit - the team will matchup against Japan in its first match of the knockout round, while England will be facing off against Colombia, likely a more hard draw en route in the round of 16.

National team of Belgium defeated the team from England in the match of group round of the 2018 world Cup.

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"I think there is a belief; we've been undefeated for a long long time", he said of a run of 22 games unbeaten since losing to Spain in Martinez's first game in charge in September 2016. "And whoever we play, in a one-off game, is capable of beating us". We want to be in those games.

It was only Belgium's second ever win over England and their first since 1936 and coach Roberto Martinez suggested he was not anxious about the impact of the result on his team's possible future opponents. "You can not plan the ideal scenario, you've seen big nations already eliminated", said the Spaniard.

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But Martinez, who before the game had said winning was not a priority and made nine changes to his line-up, refused to look at the outcome that way and emphasised the vagaries of football.

"He is the captain and he knows he will be judged on how far we go as a team".

Belgium created the better openings in a poor first half while England showed greater urgency but a lack of finesse in the final third where they missed tournament top scorer Kane and the movement of Jesse Lingard, who both watched from the bench.

However, the one real moment of magic came on 51 minutes, with ex-Manchester United and Sunderland winger Januzaj jinking inside Danny Roase before producing an exquisite curling finish.

England will avoid Neymar and Brazil until the final.

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Belgium came close to a second goal in the final minutes when Jordan Pickford made a diving save to keep out a rasping Dries Mertens effort but by then both sides seemed to have accepted their lot as they looked ahead to the second round.

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