England came from a goal down at Wembley on Sunday to defeat top-ranked Belgium 2-1 with the penalty and a successful strike by Marcus Rashford from Mason Mount, and rise above them in their UEFA Nations League group.
Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for the visitors from the penalty spot in the 16th minute after being taken down by a reckless lunge from England’s Eric Dier. It was the 13th goal for the Inter Milan striker in his last 11 matches for his country.
The Belgians pushed forward with Yannick Carrasco and Kevin de Bruyne finding space and time to make seven shots on goal to England’s two in the first half.
But when England grabbed a corner late in the half, Thomas Meunier Belgium clumsily pulled Captain Jordan Henderson to concede a penalty. Rashford scored from the spot to achieve his 11th goal.
England kept up the tempo in the second half and got their reward in the 64th minute through Mount with a shot that took a strong deflection off Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld’s boot, curving over keeper Simon Mignolet into the far corner of the net.
Despite Belgium consistently pressing on, England held its shape and ran down the clock to record a victory in the Nations League group with seven points to Belgium’s six.
England – Belgium 2–1
Goals: Rashford 39-pen, Mount 64 – Lukaku 16-pen.
Yellow Cards: Rice 32 – Meunier 38.
England: Pickford, Walker, Dier, Maguire, Alexander-Arnold (James 79), Henderson (Phillips 66), Rice, Trippier, Mount (Sancho 89), Rashford, Calvert-Lewin (Kane 66).
Belgium: Mignolet, Alderweireld, Boyata, Denayer, Meunier, Witsel, Tielemans, Catagne, De Bruyne (Verschaeren 73), Carrasco (Doku 83), Lukaku.
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