England end Belgium’s long unbeaten run

England end Belgium’s long unbeaten run

England fought back from a goal down to claim a victory against Belgium that ended the side’s lengthy unbeaten run.

Marcus Rashford’s penalty kick and a lucky strike from Mason Mount made the difference; as England overcome top-ranked Belgium 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday.

With the win, England climbed above the number one team on FIFA world rankings in their UEFA Nations League group. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for the visitors from the penalty kick spot in the 16th minute. The decision came after was brought down by a lunging tackle from England’s Eric Dier.

It was the Inter Milan striker’s 13th goal in his last 11 matches for his country.

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Thereafter, the Belgians pressed forward. Yannick Carrasco and Kevin de Bruyne found space and time to create seven shots on goal to England’s two. Indeed, the pressure was heavy on England in the first half.

But when the Three Lions won a corner-kick late in the half; Belgium’s Thomas Meunier clumsily pulled down the hosts’ captain, Jordan Henderson, to concede a penalty kick. Rashford converted from the penalty kick spot to register his 11th goal in an England shirt.

Subsequently, the hosts picked up the pace in the second half. They got their reward through Mount in the 64th minute. His shot took a heavy deflection off the boot of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld; looping over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet into the far corner of the net.

In spite of Belgium pushing forward repeatedly, England kept their shape.

They ran the clock down to record a win that put them on seven points in the Nations League group to Belgium’s six points.


Source: Reuters

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