The Red Devils will face third place in the round of 16, while Denmark celebrates qualifying after the 4-1 win over Russia.
Finland fought bravely, but two goals from Belgium condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at St Petersburg on Monday and an anxious wait to see if their first tournament will continue in Euro 2020.
A draw would have given Finland the second-placed Group B team behind the perfect Belgium, but goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, who had an inspired game, was helpless when Thomas Vermaelen finished the post and the ball bounced him off. the network 15 minutes from the end.
Finland’s last lingering hopes of automatic qualifying ended when Romelu Lukaku fired in another and finished third in Group B.
They have to wait to see if they are one of the top four teams in the third place to reach the round of 16.
“We haven’t reached today’s goal of getting at least one point in the group stage, so in that sense we are disappointed,” Finnish coach Markku Kanerva said.
“But overall, I’m very proud of the work done by the team and the work they’ve done against a very strong team today.”
“Return to zero”
The world number one, Belgium, will face a third-placed team in Seville on Sunday, with Denmark playing in Wales in Amsterdam the day before.
“So far it was fine, but now it has returned to zero,” said Belgian Kevin De Bruyne. “We have to see who we will play. We are in good shape and we will see what happens.
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said he was delighted with his team’s performance.
“Three wins, three professional performances, three different styles,” Martinez said, referring to the group’s previous victories over Russia (3-0) and Denmark (2-1).
“Being able to see 90 minutes of Axel and Eden, and Kevin was almost on the field for 90 minutes, was very satisfying. In addition, all the players on the field have been on the field in these three games. It’s the perfect time to move on to the next game. “
Denmark beat Russia 4-1 elsewhere to get the second goal difference and leave Russia last with all three teams three points clear of Belgium again.
After the collapse of Christian Eriksen in the first game and the team’s two subsequent home defeats, Denmark were finally able to celebrate in front of their friendly and cheerful fans at Parken Stadium.
“If anyone deserves this, it’s our players,” Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand said. “I can’t imagine how they managed to get back from what they lived through. Such a great credit for the boys ”.
Eriksen, who is number 10 in the national team, suffered a cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator. He was released from hospital on Friday.
Now on Saturday in Denmark, a meeting with Wales is expected in Amsterdam. And a tournament that almost started with a tragedy could still turn into a triumph.