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Adnan Januzaj Negated Belgium's First-Half Attempts To Avoid The Win

Adnan Januzaj Negated Belgium's First-Half Attempts To Avoid The Win
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

England and Belgium both approached their final game of the group stages with the luxury of knowing their place in the last-16 was already secured. With the winner 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.

With the group stages successfully dealt with, thoughts turned to who may be the next opponent for both of these teams. The winners of Group G are set to take on Japan; while the runners up face Colombia. Progress beyond this round-of-16 tie though, and things become more complicated depending on your route.

After Japan comes Brazil. Whereas a win against Colombia would guarantee either side a quarter-final clash with Sweden or Switzerland. Although Southgate has stated his intention to win tonight's game against Belgium and take what comes, Belgium's Roberto Martinez had a decidedly more realistic outlook.

Although allowing England to simply walk the ball past Thibaut Courtois in the Belgian goal may be a touch too severe, Martinez's men are certainly trying to make sure that they will not be going ahead on the disciplinary front.

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In a timid first-half, yellow-cards for Youri Tielemans and Leander Dendoncker were greeted with an unusual sense of excitement.

Having largely had the best chances of the game so far, Belgium appeared set to take things down a notch in the second-half.

Enter Adnan Januzaj.

After a quiet first-half, the former Manchester United scored an absolutely beautiful goal to give Martinez's men an early second-half lead.

See Also: Japan's Coach 'Regrets' His Role In Farcical Ploy To Secure Qualification


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