England 2 – 1 Belgium: Mason Mount’s deflected goal gives three-lions win on home turf

Despite Belgium’s early penalty, England managed to secure a win at Wembley Stadium to go top in the Nations League group table by a single point.  

16’ Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock with an early penalty as the Belgian smashed it into the bottom right corner.

39’ Marcus Rashford brought England level following Belgium’s earlier penalty as the striker slotted the ball into the top left corner.   

Harry Kane was out of the starting 11 due to a muscle injury during training prior to his clash with Belgium, but he was placed on the bench.

Belgium started off with the possession after they took the first kick, but it was less than a minute before England took over. 

Although England had majority of the possession, in the first 10 minutes, once the red devils put the pressure onto England, they were dangerous. 

Belgium managed to get the ball into the net as Thomas Meunier made a play along the right wing and committed to a low cross towards England’s penalty spot where it was collected by Yannick Carrasco, who slipped it past Pickford.

But it was soon disallowed as Meunier was found to be just offside as the red devils made their run.  

To stop a dangerous attack, Eric Dier didn’t have any contact with the ball as he slid across the box and took down Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku in the process which resulted in a penalty for the visitors. 

Taken by Lukaku, Pickford dived left, and the Belgian slotted it into the bottom right corner to give the visitors the lead.

Declan Rice was the first player of the game to be given a yellow card, on the 32nd minute, after a late challenge on Axel Witsel.  

Meunier dragged Jordan Henderson to the ground in the centre of the box as the ball flew in from the right-hand corner. This resulted in Meunier being shown the yellow card and the game’s second penalty kick.  

With Harry Kane on the sidelines, Marcus Rashford stepped up to take the shot. As Simon Mignolet dived to the right, the Englishman smashed it into the top left corner to bring the scoreline level on the 39th minute.

Half-time: 1-1 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed the ball through to Rashford, early on in the second half, but as the winger made his way into the box he was hounded by Jason Denayer and Toby Alderweireld. 

Calvert-Lewin charged through the center of the pitch, towards the ‘D’ as the ball made its way towards him, and he smashed the ball skywards. 

Mason Mount, from the left corner of the box, on the 64th minute, received the ball from Kyle Trippier and smashed it goalwards.

As it deflected off Alderweireld’s ankle, the ball flew over the head of Mignolet and fell into the side-netting to take England to 2-1. 

Harry Kane, who was subbed on for Calvert-Lewin at the 65th minute, almost had his name on the scoresheet as he sent the ball wide, with a header, after Trippier’s corner kick.

With a great pass from Declan Rice, along the left-wing, Rashford attempted to send the ball into the top right corner as Denayer slid in to block the Englishman’s attempt at the low corner shot. 

However, the ball was sent off-target above the crossbar.  

Full-time: 2-1 

ENGLAND WIN

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