Sweet Finish! Januzaj Scores Unbelievable Goal As Belgium Beat England 1 – 0
Belgium set up a World Cup last-16 meeting with Japan as Adnan Januzaj’s first international goal earned a 1-0 win against England to top Group G.
With Brazil potentially awaiting in the quarter-finals for the group winners, there was speculation both teams would prefer to finish second to be paired with either Sweden or Switzerland in the last eight.
But despite Belgium making nine changes from their previous group match and England eight, both sides showed plenty of willingness to try and win the game and the group.
Januzaj’s moment of magic was enough to secure maximum points for Belgium and their first win against England since 1936, the winger cutting in off the right flank to whip a delightful strike across Jordan Pickford.
Marcus Rashford had England’s best chance to reply, but Thibaut Courtois made a fine save to deny the Manchester United striker, who was deputising for rested Golden Boot leader Harry Kane.
John Stones was one of two outfield players to be retained by Gareth Southgate and he had to be replaced at the break – the centre-back could be a doubt for the Three Lions’ second-round match against Colombia.