MOSCOW (AP) Latest news on Saturday at the World Cup (all local times):
Roberto Martinez believes his Belgian squad deserves a lot of praise for his third place at the World Cup. 19659004] Belgium defeated England 2-0 on Saturday in St. Petersburg, surpassing the country's best fourth place in 1986.
Belgium lost 2-0 on the way to England : 2-win in the second round against Japan, had to beat the five-time champions Brazil in the quarter-finals and beat England twice. Belgium's only loss in the tournament was the 1-0 semi-final defeat by France.
Martinez says: "We have seen Brazil face to face with a 2-0 loss to Japan ̵
The Belgian coach says the records showed" the strength of this team ".
"We were a team, we suffered together, we played football, which a common fan of the World Cup really enjoyed," he says. "We have the best qualification for Belgium in the history of the World Cup and that makes me very, very proud."
The man who restored England's Mojo at the World Cup, bringing the Waist Coast (or Vest) back into fashion, signed for a fourth place with some love for Russia.
England coach Gareth Southgate ended his press conference after his 2-0 defeat by Belgium in the third place playoff by thanking the people of Russia for their welcome during the tournament.
The British government has led efforts to sanction Russia for a nervous-agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in March. A second and possibly associated poisoning killed a woman last month and left a man in the hospital.
The British government did not send an official delegation to Russia for the World Cup, and members of the royal family decided not to attend. 19659002] Southgate took on the role of ambassador.
"The way we were received in Russia was fantastic, the organization of the tournament was great, our welcome to Russia in every city was outstanding," Southgate said. "There has been much talk about relations between our two countries – but on a personal level and mixed with the people of Russia, we could not have been more welcome."
France captain Hugo Lloris says the team will not repeat a mistake of two years ago when they play Croatia in the World Cup final.
As the host of Euro 2016, France reached the semi-finals by beating World Champion Germany.
France could not reach the same high level in Paris and lost 1-0 to Portugal after the final
Lloris, then-goalkeeper of France, said: "I do not think it will happen again."  Paul Pogba said the French believed that the European Championship trophy was far from winning after the semi-final.
Lloris notes that 14 of France's 23-man squad in Russia were not even at the Euros, while the other nine now benefit from a change in conditions.
Two years ago, France d played a Thursday semi-final before the final on Sunday. Here France beat Belgium on Tuesday.
Lloris says, "Many things have changed, especially in terms of recovery and preparation time."
Belgium has achieved His best World Cup result was a 2-0 victory over England in the match for third place. A game that no team really wanted to play.
Thomas Meunier put Belgium ahead in the fourth minute as he sent Nacer Chadli's cross over to Jordan Pickford into England's net.
Belgium was a constant threat of rapid, forceful counterattacks and counted again when Eden Hazard struck after Kevin de Bruyne's 82nd-minute pass. Belgium's best result in the World Cup so far was fourth place in 1986.
It was Belgium's second win against England in the tournament after a 1-0 win in the group stage.
Defender Toby Alderweireld contests England's best chance The game slides on the goal line to remove a chip from his Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier.
Eden Hazard leads Belgium in the World Cup as the third team 2-0
Hazard took the ball from Kevin de Bruyne with a neat Belgian counter-attack and shot him in the 82nd . Minute against England's goal, Jordan Pickford.
Belgium is on the way to the best possible World Cup final In 1986, fourth place was beaten.
FIFA fined England 70,000 Swiss francs ($ 69,900) for the second time at the World Cup because players are wearing unauthorized socks.
FIFA says it also warned the English Football Association about the misconduct of a small number of fans singing "political songs" during the semi-final on Wednesday.
In the same game against Croatia, two English players wore a kind of brand sock, which FIFA strongly criticized in this tournament.
FIFA says the "unauthorized commercial branding" in the quarter-final against Sweden repeated a previous offensive. This also resulted in a fine of 70,000 Swiss francs ($ 69,900).
The fines had nothing to do with the holey socks Danny Rose was wearing in the match for third place against Belgium.
18:05  The holes in Danny Rose's socks caused plenty of online debate during England's third World Cup match against Belgium.
FIFA has imposed fines for socks that did not conform to the rules of uniform or sponsorship during the tournament, and does not appear to be a rule against tattered socks. Some speculated that the holes – which were relatively round and in both socks – were designed to prevent cramping. There is no scientific proof for that.
And there was no official explanation before Rose was replaced just before halftime when England was 1-0 behind Belgium
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Belgium has a 1-0 led in the play-off round for third place against England at halftime.
Thomas Meunier put the Belgians in the lead in the fourth minute and hit Nacer Chadli's cross from close range (19659002) Two minutes later, when Kevin de Bruyne put the ball in a good position, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a superb save ,
England began the game slowly and looked every inch for a team that came in extra time in the semifinals Croatia lost three days earlier, although he was five times in the starting lineup.
Harry Kane, the tournament's top scorer, had England's best shot, but missed wide.
Thomas Meunier has given Belgiu After a 1-0 victory against England in the play-off match for the World Cup Third
ended a fast and direct Belgian attack in the Fourth minute when Nacer Chadli overcame Meunier from the left wing, who defeated Danny Rose on the ball and shot into the goal after Jordan Pickford.
It is the first goal of the tournament for Meunier in five games. He is Belgium's tenth scorer in this tournament, helping his team reach a record of Italy (2006) and France (1982).
Belgium strives for its best ever World Cup success and finished fourth in 1986
Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Phil Jones are placed third in the World Cup match against Belgium under five Coach Gareth Southgate started making changes.
There's also a launch for Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose. Harry Kane, the tournament's top scorer, remains in the squad after the World Cup semi-final against Croatia.
Players include Ashley Young, Kyle Walker and central central midfielder Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli
Belgium had an additional break after the semi-final defeat by France and coach Roberto Martinez made only two changes.
Thomas Meunier and Youri Tielemans replace Marouane Fellaini and Moussa Dembele in midfield in Belgium.
England: Jordan Pickford, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Phil Jones, Fabian Delph, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Ruben Loftus-cheek
Belgium: Thibaut Courteis, Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Thomas Meunier, Youri Tielemans, Nacer Chadli
Croatia captain Luka Modric believes The hardness of his World Cup squad has roots in the war that smashed the former Yugoslavia.
On the eve of the FIFA World Cup final against France, Modric hesitates to answer a reporter's question, identifying himself as a wartime reporter from the 1990s, when Croatia became an independent state.
The question was, "how did this war forge the spirit of yourself and the crew."
The 32-year-old Modric was a child when his grandfather was killed and his family expelled from home. He responded by saying, "I do not like going back to these things, it's all in the past."
He adds, "Of course everything affects you, it made us as human as the nation. "
Croatia has spent the maximum time in the field at this World Cup. The team played in all three knockout rounds in extra time and drew back to the first goal scored.
Modric has covered more than one player in the World Cup and has scored 63.03 in six games for FIFA
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