England’s hopes of advancing to the semi-finals of the Nations League have diminished as they suffered a 2-Zero defeat at Belgium.
First-half targets from Youri Tielemans and Dries Mertens sealed the win for the world’s no.1 ranked aspect on an evening the place England had all types of again luck.
Tielemans’ purpose went in-off the publish after taking a double deflection, whereas Mertens scored with a free-kick thatshouldn’t have been given.
England got here near scoring on a variety of events – Harry Kane may have had three. His finest probability noticed Purple Devils striker Romelu Lukaku make a heroic purpose line clearance.
In the meantime, Chelsea followers might be sweating on the health of Ben Chilwell, who went off with a again harm within the first half.
On the intense aspect, Jack Grealish confirmed his class as soon as once more as he brought about the Belgians all types of issues, notably within the second half the place England pinned the hosts again.
A 2-Zero scoreline tends to counsel a snug match for the victors, nevertheless it was something however.
England regarded the extra threatening when the impasse was damaged, however Belgium received that luck generally wanted in matches like these as Tielemans’ drive deflected off each Declan Rice and Tyrone Mings earlier than beating Jordan Pickford – replays confirmed the ball really grazed Pickford’s gloves to make the purpose extra agonising.
England responded properly with Grealish’s goalbound effort requiring a final ditch intervention from Toby Alderweireld.
However Gareth Southgate might be questioning how they weren’t stage from the ensuing nook as Kane rose brilliantly and beat Thibaut Courtois however the effort was brilliantly cleared off the road by Lukaku – this coming a minute after the striker supplied the help for Tielemans’ purpose.
Loads of issues to be inspired by however on 23 minutes England have been 2-Zero down as Mertens curled the ball fantastically over the wall from the sting of the field. The free-kick happened when Rice was adjudged to have fouled Kevin De Bruyne, nevertheless, the West Ham man appeared to win the ball.
Kane went shut once more simply earlier than half time as he shifted his ft properly however his shot from an acute angle was saved by Courtois.
England have been even higher after the break as they pinned Roberto Martinez’s aspect again all through the second half. Kane had an excellent probability on 57 minutes as he latched onto Mason Mount’s cheeky flick however the captain couldn’t fairly dig the ball out of his ft and the save for Courtois was comparatively snug.
Their possession dominance wouldn’t yield any targets however there have been positives to take, together with Grealish’s great efficiency – his finest second seeing him ghost previous Thomas Meunier with a pleasant piece of talent.