2018 FIFA WC

2018 FIFA WC: Wonder strike from Januzaj seals top spot for Belgium



XtraTime Web Desk: Adnan Januzaj curled in a left-footed shot in the second half to give Belgium a 1-0 victory over England on Thursday.

Belgium won the game despite both sides making as many as 17 changes to its lineup in total, and amid a discussion about whether it might be better to finish second in the group instead of winning it.

With its victory, Belgium won its third game at the World Cup but advanced to what most consider the tougher side of the knockout-round bracket, one that includes Brazil, Mexico, France, Argentina, Uruguay and Portugal.

England, which made eight changes to its starting lineup in an effort to rest its stars, probably will see value in landing where it did. Its side of the knockout round includes Sweden and Croatia, but it would not see either of them until the semifinals — if the English advance that far.

The England-Colombia winner would play the victory of Sweden-Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

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