The atmosphere was electric at the former Lenin Stadium and when England took an early lead the roof was about to come off. It was a critical first goal that gave England stability and meant that Croatia had to attack. Unfortunately from my perspective the moment turn against The Three Lions who felt too comfortable with the lead and since equalizer came British never could change their mind state and steal a ball. Croatia was all over them, felt fresh blood, believed that is capable to dominate and destroy higher rate rival.
The Three Lions exceeded all expectations by reaching the semifinals of the World Cup. "The team has broken through a number of barriers”, Southgate added.
Martinez said: "Winning isn't an obligation, but we want this. Third place is now the minimum. It's not a waste of time; it's a game we want to play."
Party that nobody wants to play, the psychology is very important here, we should consider character of both nations, how they deal with stress and ambitions, in this case mindkind from Beneluxs is usually imposed with more enthusiasm and positive way of thinking. The Belgian players are a very young team and hungry to get WC's experience, I think that will make them want to win more than England who have to feel very disappointed after defeat in Semis. They come very touched after the unexpected defeat against Croatia looked match worse in group stage when compete against Belgium's side. Both let the substitutes to play.
What can we expect this time? Probably more open and positive football than in semis. Similar scenario is likely in Saint Petersburg, with several fringe players pushing for a start.
There are 64 games at the World cup and 63 of them have some meaning. Since 1978 all 10 3rd place games finished with a lot of goals. Goals mnas goal attempts, means ball behind a net as well. Both teams constantly deliver goal kicks.