November 18, 2020

England 2-1 Belgium – Match Report UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

England 2-1 Belgium - Match Report UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

England 2-1 Belgium - Match Report

Rashford and Mount hand the Three Lions a major Nations League win against Belgium

Mason Mount’s deflected strike earned England a 2-1 Nations League success over a Belgium side who suffered defeat for the very first time in practically two years.

Belgium beat England two times at the 2018 World Cup and were ahead after 15 minutes at Wembley through Romelu Lukaku’s penalty, awarded when the Inter forward was brought down by Eric Dier.

It was the first goal Gareth Southgate’s side had conceded in a year but they drew level prior to the period, Thomas Meunier yielding a soft spot-kick from which Marcus Rashford scored.

Having spent much of the first half on the back foot, England looked reinvigorated for the second period and got their reward when Mount’s shot looped off Toby Alderweireld and beyond Simon Mignolet’s reach.

as the world’s top-ranked footballing nation were beaten for the first time given that November 2018.

Yannick Carrasco lashed home what appeared to be an 11th-minute opener, but Timothy Castagne was adjudged offside in a place that was obstructing the view of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The hosts were seeking to keep a seventh successive clean sheet, which would have constituted an England record.

however those hopes were scuppered when Dier felled Lukaku in package and the forward picked himself up to convert the spot-kick.

Lukaku produced a dominant screen that summarized Belgium’s early control of the contest.

with England struggling to get a foot on the ball or lay a finger on the previous Manchester United star.

But Southgate’s side were handed a route back into the match when Jordan Henderson went down under minimal contact from Meunier and Rashford with confidence fired home from 12 backyards.

Belgium saw a 12-game winning run halted with Thursday’s 1-1 draw versus Ivory Coast, while England were looking for a 20th win from 21 home games, ensuring neither side was most likely to voluntarily budge an inch in the 2nd half.

It was England who started the duration with a higher function but it took till the 64th minute for the next goal to arrive, Mount’s shot ricocheting off Alderweireld and over Mignolet.

Roberto Martinez’s guys tried to force the concern inside the last 20 minutes, with Carrasco stabbing narrowly wide and Lukaku warded off not long after, while replacement Harry Kane missed an exceptional headed opportunity at the other end.