Rules in the Knockout Stages

Friday, 29 Jun, 2018

Belgium beat England, 1-0, to win Group G and officially set the bracket for the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup.

Those starting against Belgium on Thursday will feel they can keep their place in the team for the round of 16 if they perform and that is vital at a tournament because if certain players feel they are there just to make up the numbers then the team will fail.

Belgium's win doesn't come without benefit - the team will matchup against Japan in its first match of the knockout round, while England will be facing off against Colombia, likely a more hard draw en route in the round of 16.

Both teams have already qualified for the knockout stages after winning their first two games.

Southgate must now reflect on England's first loss at this World Cup in Russian Federation while he prepares to face the unsafe Colombians in Moscow on Tuesday, while Belgium go to Rostov to play Japan on Monday.

But the path to the quarter-final could see a match against Germany or Brazil for the victor - a question which will be determined before England and Belgium clash in Kaliningrad.

The match, the final game in the Group Stage for each team, will be simulcast in Spanish from Telemundo, the exclusive Spanish-language home of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

"If I go and headbutt Roberto in the last five minutes, then you'll know that maybe we're taking a different approach to getting through!" It came 15 minutes after Khazri's pin-point pass led to Fakhreddine Ben Youssef's equaliser.

With 35 Premier League players from the 2017/18 campaign playing for either England or Belgium during the World Cup there will be plenty of familiar faces on show.

England sat back and Belgium created little, with audible whistles from the crowd at half-time after a first half containing only 14 shots from both sides.

With a combined 17 changes - eight for England, nine Belgium - the game played out as expected; kind of awkwardly.

Japan coach Akira Nishino said he was "forced" to tell his players to slow down at the end and not take any risks, despite boos ringing out from spectators.

But the Blue Samurai were upset, giving Colombia a prized spot on the soft side of the draw and a Round of 16 match-up with the Three Lions.

Here's how to watch England vs. Belgium online.

"No words!" chided the best-selling Bild daily, over a picture of a despondent-looking Toni Kroos. With the victor poised to win the group, a draw would be sufficient for Gareth Southgate's men to progress; England in possession of a superior disciplinary record.

England looked disjointed when attempting to put attacking moves together, with Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy barely getting a sniff in attack, and their only real opportunity culminated in Ruben Loftus-Cheek heading a corner into the ground and wide of the target.

If Southgate wanted second and the easier side of the draw, his message did not get through to the Leicester City striker.