Januzaj stunner sees England miss out on top spot of World Cup group

first_imgIt was a game that lacked real quality as both managers fielded second-string sides but Januzaj’s goal was a strike worthy of winning any football match.The winger picked the ball on the right, sold Danny Rose the dummy before beautifully curling the ball beyond Pickford’s reach.England: Pickford, Stones (Maguire 45), Cahill, Jones, Alexander-Arnold (Welbeck 79), Rose, Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek, Vardy, RashfordSubs not used: Walker, Lingard, Henderson, Kane, Alli, Sterling, Trippier, Butland, Young, PopeBelgium: Courtois, Dendoncker, Boyata, Vermaelen (Kompany 74), Chadli, Dembele, Fellaini, Tielemans, T. Hazard, Januzaj (Mertens 86), BatshuayiSubs not used: Mignolet, Casteels, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Witsel, Carrasco, Meunier, De Bruyne, E. Hazard, R. LukakuGROUP G TABLE 4 England have finished second in their World Cup group after losing 1-0 in their final Group G clash against Belgium.Adnan Januzaj‘s fantastic curling strike early in the second-half was all that separated the two sides in a generally underwhelming game at the Kaliningrad Stadium. The Three Lions will thus face Group H winners Colombia in the last 16 on Tuesday night while the Red Devils will take on Japan on Monday night.Earlier, England nearly went behind in the first-half when Jordan Pickford let the ball slip underneath him but Gary Cahill frantically cleared the ball away, while Trent Alexander-Arnold cleared Marouane Fellaini’s goalbound effort away from danger.Marcus Rashford missed a glorious chance to earn England a draw on 66 minutes but the striker fluffed his lines when put clean through on goal in a game where both teams rested a number of key players.STAR MAN 4 4 Dembele bossed the game at points center_img Januzaj’s goal sealed all three points for Belgium 4 Januzaj cut inside before curling the ball into the goal Although this tournament has produced a lot of memorable football matches, this one will not be considered one of the classics.However, Mousa Dembele brought a touch of class to proceedings and stifled England going forward on numerous occasions.MOMENT OF THE MATCH talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more