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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

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.

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

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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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