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Thibaut Courtois missed Golden Glove announcement after turning TV off early

The FC crew felt this World Cup proved Belgium belongs with the world's best teams while England still have work to do to become elite.
Eden Hazard and Belgium secured a 3rd-place finish by defeating England 2-0.

Belgium's Thibaut Courtois turned off his TV before the end of the World Cup final because he did not want to see France celebrating -- and missed himself being named the tournament's top goalkeeper.

Courtois kept three clean sheets as Belgium finished third, losing to France in the semifinals before defeating England in the consolation game.

But after he and captain Eden Hazard criticised France's pragmatic style in the semifinals, saying their tactics had made the match "frustrating," Courtois...

World Cup by the numbers - 169 goals, 29 penalties, 10 late winners, 4 red cards

The FC guys answer your tweets about the controversies in the World Cup final, Paul Pogba's performance and where the 2018 World Cup ranks all time.
Syrian troops and residents have a bit of peace watching the World Cup final as their lives slowly return to normal.
ESPN's Charlie Gibson puts a bow on Project Russia from a scintillating final, as France claimed World Cup glory.
Relive the best of France's victory over Croatia in the World Cup final in LEGO form.
Croatia fell short in their first World Cup final, but the FC crew explain what made the Vatreni's run so impressive.

France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the title for the second time and cap off a memorable World Cup in Russia. ESPN brings you the best numbers from what has been a World Cup of records.

169

This World Cup produced 169 goals, making it the third most prolific World Cup of all time. Only 1998 and 2014 produced more goals (171 in each). It is worth noting that the top four high-scoring World Cups of all time have come over the last six editions, since the tournament was expanded to 32 teams, and 64 matches...

Eden Hazard's reputation, value have never been higher after standout World Cup

After Eden Hazard hinted at a Chelsea exit, the FC crew explain why it makes sense for him to join Real Madrid this summer.
Thomas Meunier scored early and Eden Hazard ensured the win as Belgium defeated England 2-0 to claim 3rd place in the World Cup.
Thomas Meunier scored early and Eden Hazard ensured the win as Belgium defeated England 2-0 to claim 3rd place in the World Cup.
The FC crew felt this World Cup proved Belgium belongs with the world's best teams while England still have work to do to become elite.
Former Cameroon defender Lauren and the Kwese crew feel Belgium's performance in Russia will translate to even more success at Euro 2020.
ESPN FC's Kasey Keller and Alexis Nunes look back on Belgium and England's World Cup journey after the Red Devils claimed third place.

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia -- Eden Hazard had a smile on his face and a bronze medal around his neck after inspiring Belgium to victory in the World Cup third-place playoff against England in St. Petersburg.

In the heat of the moment, it meant something to the Chelsea forward to end Russia 2018 on a high, but when he flies back home after this tournament, the smile may fade once the pangs of regret begin to kick in. Hazard and Belgium could have -- and maybe should have -- been contesting the World...

Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne pick England apart as Belgium win bronze

Thomas Meunier scored early and Eden Hazard ensured the win as Belgium defeated England 2-0 to claim 3rd place in the World Cup.
Thomas Meunier scored early and Eden Hazard ensured the win as Belgium defeated England 2-0 to claim 3rd place in the World Cup.
The FC crew felt this World Cup proved Belgium belongs with the world's best teams while England still have work to do to become elite.
Former Cameroon defender Lauren and the Kwese crew feel Belgium's performance in Russia will translate to even more success at Euro 2020.
Eden Hazard and Belgium secured a 3rd-place finish by defeating England 2-0.
ESPN FC's Kasey Keller and Alexis Nunes look back on Belgium and England's World Cup journey after the Red Devils claimed third place.

Belgium got off to a dream start with Thomas Meunier scoring after just four minutes to fire the Red Devils to an early lead.

While Belgium probably should have grabbed a second before half-time, they ultimately weren't punished, as England's second-half  fightback proved fruitless before Eden Hazard clinched the bronze with a well-taken goal on the counter.

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Belgium have 10 different goal scorers at a single World Cup. Excellent start to grab an early lead. Eden Hazard was -- again...

Belgium deservedly claim bronze over England as Eden Hazard outshines Raheem Sterling

Thomas Meunier scored early and Eden Hazard ensured the win as Belgium defeated England 2-0 to claim 3rd place in the World Cup.
Thomas Meunier scored early and Eden Hazard ensured the win as Belgium defeated England 2-0 to claim 3rd place in the World Cup.
The FC crew felt this World Cup proved Belgium belongs with the world's best teams while England still have work to do to become elite.
After a six-goal output at the World Cup, the FC crew evaluate Harry Kane's performance and whether it would've impressed suitors like Real Madrid.
Eden Hazard and Belgium secured a 3rd-place finish by defeating England 2-0.
ESPN FC's Kasey Keller and Alexis Nunes look back on Belgium and England's World Cup journey after the Red Devils claimed third place.

St. Petersburg -- Three points on Belgium's 2-0 win over England in the third-place game of the 2018 World Cup.

1. Belgium claim bronze as England fade

For many, it is a game that should no longer be on the World Cup calendar, but Belgium ensured that the Russia 2018 third-place playoff ended in their favour with a 2-0 win against England in St. Petersburg.

Thomas Meunier's fourth-minute opener and Eden Hazard's strike on 82 minutes sealed Belgium's second victory over Gareth Southgate's team...

Belgium's 10-pronged attack, Kane's open play struggles

The FC crew felt this World Cup proved Belgium belongs with the world's best teams while England still have work to do to become elite.
Belgium's Thomas Meunier
Thomas Meunier became Belgium's 10th different goalscorer at this World Cup

Belgium cruised to their sixth victory in Russia, beating England 2-0 to secure third place at the World Cup. ESPN brings you the best numbers.


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Nineteen of the 22 starters in the third-place match were all from the same league -- the Premier League in England. All 11 of England's starters ply their trade in England, as do eight of the Belgians. The only exceptions were Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian, China), Youri Tielemans (AS Monaco, France) and scorer of the opening goal Thomas Meunier...