Belgium Beats England, but Faces Tougher World Cup Bracket

Januzaj’s goal was a moment of individual excellence in a match that didn’t show much of it. Collecting a ball on Belgium’s right wing, he cut inside Danny Rose to get the ball on his left foot and curled his shot high and around the diving goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

If England declares itself fine with the outcome — it tried to win a match many said it would be better off losing, and wound up with a preferable path in the knockouts anyway — it did not discover a player that will give Gareth Southgate pause to consider a change when he makes out his lineup for Colombia. England lacked imagination and, without striker Harry Kane and forwards Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling, anything looking like true menace up front.

Belgium Coach Roberto Martinez got some gritty work in the midfield from Marouane Fellaini, Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli. But Belgium’s best face is an attacking one, and when Martinez gets Kevin De Bruyne,…

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