Belgium favored in third-place match over England

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

The Three Lions had a dream start to their first semifinal since 1990, with Kieran Trippier netting from a free kick in the fifth minute. "We haven't said our last word, there is still one more game to go". "It hurts. I don't know what else to say".

When Kane got his best chances in the 30th minute against Croatia, his first shot was saved by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. 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.

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It meant another World Cup semifinal heartbreaker for England, only this time the game was under control before it was lost.

The England boss was also asked if the team's leading scorer Harry Kane had exhausted as the tournament progressed and was perhaps missing his cutting edge in the semifinals. That team also exceeded expectations and won the adulation of fans at home with a beloved centre forward who played for Tottenham. The reaction of the supporters at the end compared to two years ago tells them that experiences with England can be positive, that the country are very proud of what they've done and the way they've played, and there will in time be lots of positives to take.

At this year's World Cup, teams can pay a heavy price for not getting a second goal to reward itself for a dominating period of play.

Roberto Martinez's men were edged out 1-0 by France in Tuesday night's semi-final - which was held at the St Petersburg Stadium, the same venue as this match. The team needed Kane to use his head in stoppage time to get the victor. But they gave us pride - and brought the whole nation together": "The Mail uses its front page to focus on the impact England's success at the World Cup has had beyond the world of football. What more could we ask for? But I wonder if we are going to get the game we wanted during the group stage of England's stars against Belgium's stars.

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