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The Manchester City duo and their international colleagues secured a deserved victory with a commanding display in Saint Petersburg to take the bronze medal
Thomas Meunier’s fourth minute goal gave Roberto Martinez’s side the early advantage in a game played amidst stifling temperatures.
Belgium also squandered a host of gilt-edged chances and though England produced a spirited response after the break, Chelsea star Eden Hazard sealed the victory with a fine 82nd minute effort from De Bruyne's sublime pass.
While De Bruyne and Kompany will return home with that third-place medal to show for their efforts in Russia over the past month, the result meant a memorable World Cup campaign ended on a disappointing note for club colleagues Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Fabian Delph who all started for England.
The trio’s Etihad colleague Kyle Walker was an unused substitute after his exertions in last Wednesday’s 2-1 semi-final defeat to Croatia.
It was Belgium’s best-ever showing at a World Cup finals and an England side showing five changes in total from their semi-final line-up could have few complaints.
De Bruyne, in particular, produced a quite magnificent individual display at the heart of the Belgium midfield, mixing his trademark artistry and high energy to devastating effect.
Kompany too was in dominant form in the Red Devils’ defence and kept England skipper Harry Kane – looking to add to his tally of six goals at Russia 2018 – largely quiet all afternoon.
The focus now switches to tomorrow’s World Cup final in Moscow between former winners France and Croatia who are appearing in their first final.
City defender Benjamin Mendy is part of the France squad bidding to repeat Les Bleus’ success in 1998.
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