Daily Digest: Belgium edge England on Adnan Januzaj's stunner to claim top spot in group

Sport360 staff 12:01 29/06/2018
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Hey everyone, it’s Jay Asser here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on this morning.

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Januzaj

Belgium edged England in the battle of heavyweights to close out the group stage, winning 1-0 on Adnan Januzaj’s stunning goal to top Group G.

Both teams rested some of their top players as the sides entered the match-up with a berth in the Round of 16 already confirmed. They also came into the the game tied atop the group with six points apiece, while having an identical goal difference and the same number of goals scored.

Januzaj broke the deadlock in the second half with a superb finish to ensure Belgium will meet Japan on Monday, while England will take on Colombia on Tuesday.

FOOTBALL

Japan, meanwhile, pipped Senegal for the final qualification spot in their group despite falling to Poland 1-0, thanks to winning the fair play tiebreaker. Check out talking points from Japan’s clash, including Akira Nishino’s gamble to field a much-altered starting XI nearly backfiring.

In the MLS, Wayne Rooney revealed he’s not moving to America as a way to coast on the back end of his career. “Moving to America and MLS fulfills another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100 per cent – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for,” Rooney said.

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Toronto Nationals v Vancouver Knights: Global T20 Canada

Steve Smith returned to the field for his first competitive game since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa and smashed 61 for the Toronto Nationals in a Global T20 Canada competition against the Vancouver Knights. Smith hit eight fours and one six during a 41-ball innings before being stumped.

Elsewhere, Paul Farbrace said Joe Root will remain in England’s side for the Twenty20 internationals against India despite all-rounder Ben Stokes returning to the team.

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