Friday 24 May, 2019

Meunier gives Belgium 1-0 lead over England at half-time

Belgium's Thomas Meunier, left, scores against England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as England's Danny Rose tries to defend during the third place match at the 2018 football World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek).

Belgium's Thomas Meunier, left, scores against England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as England's Danny Rose tries to defend during the third place match at the 2018 football World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek).

Thomas Meunier has given Belgium a 1-0 lead over England in the World Cup third-place playoff.

A quick and direct Belgian attack in the fourth minute ended with Nacer Chadli crossing from the left wing to Meunier, who beat Danny Rose to the ball and shot past Jordan Pickford in goal.

It's the first goal of the tournament for Meunier in five games. He is the 10th goal scorer for Belgium in this tournament, helping his team equal a record held by Italy (2006) and France (1982).

Belgium is aiming for its best-ever World Cup finish, beating fourth place in 1986.

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