Kaliningrad, June 29: A superb second-half strike from Adnan Januzaj gave Belgium a 1-0 win over England on Thursday to see them top World Cup Group G with a perfect record and consign England to second place, with both sides already assured of going through to the last 16.
Belgium now face Japan in Rostov-on-Don on Monday, while England play Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday in the Round of 16.
Both teams rested several first-choice players and despite half-chances at either end, the fans wondered if their teams were willing to accept second spot for an arguably easier run-in by avoiding the more fancied teams.
Yet, 6 minutes into the second half when the 23-year-old Januzaj shimmied on the edge of the box and sent a perfect shot into the far corner of the net past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, there was delight in the Belgian camp.
In the other Group G game in Saransk, Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri set up the first goal and scored the second to give the North African side their first World Cup win in 40 years with a 2-1 victory over debutants Panama.
Fakhreddine Ben Youssef turned in Khazri’s perfect cross in the 51st minute to cancel out a first-half own goal by defender Yassine Meriah. Tunisia took the lead after 66 minutes when Khazri finished off a sleek passing move with a tap-in. (Agencies)