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Does the World Cup third place play-off go to extra time and penalties if its a draw?

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Does the World Cup third place play-off go to extra time and penalties if it's a draw?
England are looking to bounce back from huge disappointment (Picture: REUTERS)

England return to action at the World Cup on Saturday when they take on Belgium in the third place play-off.

It can be a strange game between two deflated sides lacking motivation after the crushing disappointment of losing in the semi-finals.

However, there is pride and some financial incentive on the line as the prize money for the winning FA is $2m (£1.57m) more for finishing third rather than fourth.

But just how seriously is it taken, will they actually go to extra time and penalties if the game ends level?

Does the World Cup third place play-off go to extra time and penalties if it's a draw?
England have already won a penalty shootout this tournament (Picture: Getty Images)

Yes, they will.

The third place play-off will be treated exactly like any other knockout game in the World Cup.

According to FIFA: If, after 90 minutes, the fi nal or the play-off for third place ends in a draw, extra time of two periods of 15 minutes each will be played.

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If the score is level after extra time, penalty kicks will be taken to determine the winner in accordance with the procedure described in the Laws of the Game.

Does the World Cup third place play-off go to extra time and penalties if it's a draw?
Belgium have already beaten England this tournament (Picture: Getty Images)

Has a World Cup third place play-off gone to extra time before?

Only once, and Belgium were involved.

In Belgiums only previous World Cup semi-final appearance they lost to Argentina and faced France in the third place play-off.

The game ended 2-2, before France scored twice in extra time to win 4-2.

A third place play-off has never gone all the way to penalties in the past.

Have England been in a third place play-off before?

Yes, when England lost on penalties to West Germany in the 1990 semi-finals they went on to play Italy in the play-off.

The Three Lions lost 2-1 thanks to goals from Roberto Baggio and Salvatore Schillachi, despite David Platt getting on the scoresheet for England.

England play Belgium in the third place play-off of the 2018 World Cup at 3pm BST on Saturday, 14 July.

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