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Belgium beats England 2-0; finishes third in World Cup 2018

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SAINT PETERS BURG — Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and send Gareth Southgate’s side home with a second straight loss.

A fourth-minute goal from Thomas Meunier and an 82nd minute Eden Hazard strike earned Belgium the victory and the third-place, which improves on their previous best performance of a fourth-place finish in 1986.

Belgium had been to the third place match just once before in 1986, when it finished fourth.

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England were on top for most of the second half but with captain Harry Kane looking tired, Belgium’s greater sharpness in the final third proved decisive.

Meunier’s goal came after Romelu Lukaku swung the ball out left to Nacer Chadli who burst down the wing and slipped the ball across the face of the goal and the midfielder confidently slotted past Jordan Pickford.

France will face Croatia in Sunday’s final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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ANFA to provide Rs 50,000 each to women football player

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KATHMANDU—  All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has announced to provide Rs 50,000 each to the members of Nepali women team which was successful in clinching first runner up position at the SAF U-18 Football Championship held in Bhutan.

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A meeting of ANFA presided over by its Chairperson Karma Chhering Sherpa on Tuesday took the decision to this effect.

In the final match held on October 7, Bangladesh defeated Nepali team by 1-0 goal margin. Nepal had reached the final by outshining arch-rival India by 3-1 in penalty shootout.

The Nepali women football team is returning home today, ANFA informed.

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