Belgium was the better team from start to finish Saturday, beating England, 2-0, to earn its best finish in a World Cup.
The Red Devils scored the winning goal less than four minutes into the match, when Thomas Meunier shot a beautiful cross past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, and Belgium never relented, even as the Three Lions dominated possession and created scoring opportunities of their own. Belgium scored again in the 82nd minute to seal the game, another brilliant goal from midfielder Eden Hazard.
Belgium had been to the third place match just once before in 1986, when it finished fourth.
England falls to 0-2 in third place games with the loss, but the Three Lions will walk away with their heads held high after a successful World Cup in which it exceeded fans and media expectations. Manager Gareth Southgate became a national hero during the tournament in leading the team, and Harry Kane is all but assured the Golden Boot with six total World Cup goals.