Bellingham strikes in injury time to spare England’s blushes against Belgium


A battle between two of Europe’s footballing powerhouses, England and Belgium, saw Roberto Martinez’s side leave Wembley with a 2-2 draw and a sour taste in their mouths, as Jude Bellingham scored at the death following a first-half double from Youri Tielemans either side of Ivan Toney’s equaliser.

England conceded from the first real chance of the game when Tielemans pounced on an error by Jordan Pickford. The England goalkeeper fired straight at Andre Onana, who passed to Tielemans to roll into the empty goal in the 11th minute.

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But their lead was reduced to ashes just four minutes later when Bellingham’s through-ball behind Jan Vertonghen saw Toney felled by the ex-Tottenham centerback. Toney rarely misses from 12 yards and he didn’t tonight either as he scored to earn his first ever international goal.

Then England were punished in the 39th minute, a long ball from Tielemans was misjudged by Lewis Dunk and that allowed ex-Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku in on goal. He crossed to Tielemans, who headed past Pickford at the far-post for his, and Belgium’s second of the night.

But, football is never over until the final whistle though and England scored with virtually the last kick of the game as Bellingham showed why he’s one of Europe’s most lethal finishers right now.

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The Real Madrid star got the ball in the box, he took one touch, assessed his options and slotted the into the far-right corner in the 95th minute to earn England the very least from what they deserved from the contest.

Scoreline doesn’t reflect England’s efforts

A 2-2 draw to Belgium isn’t a bad result by any means but England could have easily had three, four or five on any other night as their attack tore their rivals’ defense to shreds repeatedly, showing why they’re on of the favourites for Euro 2024.

Gareth Southgate thought his side had taken the lead twice in the 36th minute. Following a quick break, Jarrod Bowen played the ball to Bellingham only for his cross to be cleared from under the crossbar away from the waiting Phil Foden.

Then Bowen did put the ball into the net in the 36th, but it was ruled out for offside. A corner from Foden was won by Lewis Dunk and Bowen put it into the net, but he had gone too early and VAR struck the goal from the record books.

Bellingham also missed a really good chance, completely out of character for LaLiga’s top scorer, skying his shot over from within the box after great work by Kobe Mainoo. Then more came in the 54th minute when Bellingham got a header in the box all wrong, before Mainoo had a fierce shot saved in the 66th, as Foden’s appeals for a penalty were waved away.





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