It had been viewed as the game no-one wanted to win but Adnan Januzaj's fine finish early in the second half gave Belgium a 1-0 victory over England to secure the Group G top spot in a contest between two sets of reserves.
Opinion - When England lines up in Kaliningrad for their final pool match against Belgium on Friday morning, both teams will know exactly on which side of the draw they want to be for the knock-out stages of the FIFA World Cup.
As they prepare to play Belgium, what does the path to a possible final look like?
England will face Colombia on Tuesday in Moscow.
"Really it's been a lot of work and this year I've been playing in a team like Real Sociedad that makes me grow as a player and at my age, 23, I think it's the most important thing is to play games to keep progressing".
But coach Gareth Southgate said his team are focused on winning, not on plotting a particular route through the knockout stages.
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They managed to beat Japan in their final game of the competition but it failed to make any difference from their World Cup fate. "Being able to use so many players in World Cup games that aren't dead rubbers will improve the atmosphere", wrote Akita.
"If I go and headbutt Roberto in the last five minutes then you'll know that we're maybe taking a different approach to getting through", he chuckled.
"When you're a leader and a manager, you have to make decisions which are right for your group and the primary objective".
Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez does not believe beating England in Thursday's concluding Group G match is a priority for his team.
"The victory is a outcome of a very good performance".
'You can not plan the ideal scenario, you've seen big nations already eliminated.
"We need to look at ourselves, we are a stronger group than we were before the game".
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Kosovo President Hashim Thaci tweeted his congratulations to the two scorers and the entire Swiss team on a "well-deserved win". The Serbian football association reportedly complained to FIFA before the game about the Kosovo flag on one of Shaqiri's boots.
We've said it once we'll say it again - it's coming home, LADs.
England sat back and Belgium created little, with audible whistles from the crowd at half-time after a first half containing only 14 shots from both sides.
As expected they used their squads to the full - Martinez switching nine players and Southgate bringing in eight, a decision he described as a "no brainer" in the circumstances.
The crowd entertained itself on half an hour with a Mexican Wave and there were boos heard as England worked the ball back to goalkeeper Pickford.
The big news from the England camp is that Harry Kane doesn't start; the Tottenham forward has been on the Golden Boot trail but has been rested here ahead of the last 16.
Rashford squandered a glorious chance to level with an hour played, being denied by the fingertips of Thibaut Courtois - one of only two survivors for much-changed Belgium from their last outing - when played clean through on goal.
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The penultimate match of the group stages will see England take on Belgium with freakish coincidences as both teams having the exact same number of points, the exact same number of goal difference, the exact same number of goals scored, but England leads the group by fair play after receiving only 2 yellow cards compared to the 3 Belgium have. Neither team needed to win and there was good reason for neither to even want to win.