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WM 2018: Belgium – Tunisia



World Cup 2018: Belgium 5: 2 Tunisia

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored twice as Belgium opened the scoring on England at the head of Group G with a devastating attack on Tunisia.

While Roberto Martinez's team has not yet reached the knockout stage, a victory for England over Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday will see the Red Devils and Three Lions progress.

That would leave their meeting in Kaliningrad on Thursday to decide who is in the lead group and it is Belgium, who currently hold the upper hand there, with their glittering completion in the sun in the Spartak Stadium their goal difference significantly better out.

Manager Roberto Martinez said he would make "big changes" for their next encounter

"If we had seven days to prepare for this game and then seven days before the next game, then we would be with the same start-up, "said the former Everton boss [1

9659003]" The reality is that we have qualified – you are only as good as the 23 players, there will be opportunities for others, we have the injury doubt Lukaku (ankle) Checking Hazard (calf) and Mertens (ankle-to-ankle). "

Belgium attacked from the start and only took five minutes to take the lead when Hazard was pushed by Syam Ben Youssef landed in the penalty area and stood up to drive Tunisia goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha in the wrong direction.

The situation in Tunisia worsened rapidly when Ali Maaloul took the lead on the midline and released Lukaku, who found a perfect low

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The North African team, which needed a win to revive their own hopes for progress, was hopeful when Dylan Bronn came on stage. 109 seconds later, Wahbi Khazri scored with a free-kick

Lukaku failed to keep up Belgium's superior firepower, and Lukaku gave the Red Devils another Thomas Meunier pass shortly before halftime

Hazard added his Sec ond goal shortly after the break, to a precise Toby Alderweireld pass and around Keeper shoot at home.

That made for the points, but Belgium was not finished yet.

Substitute Michy Batshuayi, who also had a shot cleared off the line and hit the crossbar from close range and eventually hit the goal of Youri Tielemans' flank.

Tunisia gained a late popularity when Khazri conquered Hamdi Nagguez's cross, but Panama beat England will leave the third African team eliminated and Nigeria and Senegal to carry the continent's hopes in this contest.

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Lukaku now has four goals at this World Cup and is now in a strong position with Cristiano Ronaldo at the head of the race to the golden shoe.

Hazard had criticized his former Chelsea team-mate for this In the first half of Belgium's opening match against Panama, the striker was missing, but the striker's strike in the opening 45 minutes could not be called into question.

Ben Mustapha galloped off the line in the first three minutes (19659003) In addition to a brace, Lukaku also provided a nice save for the Tunisian goalkeeper in front of a hazard cross and his only mistake was a heavy move from Kevin de Bruyne he was defeated

He was sacked after 59 minutes, giving much relief to the Tunisian defenders, although Batshuayi continued to torment her.

But Lukaku will return to England next week After the game, Hazard praised the Manchester United striker's performance against the North African side.

"We won this game, so we're happy," he told the BBC. "We played well and scored five goals, we conceded two goals, but we can improve, but now we enjoy the next four days and then play for England.

" It's easy to play with Lukaku Give him the ball and he scores every time. He was fantastic.

Tunisia may start planning its home game

Tunisia was far more offensive than losing to England and did not fight for chances in a wide-open game.

Karthago Eagles had 16 shots, with five on target, compared to just one of a total of four efforts against the three lions.

They at least showed some fighting in a game they had to realistically win in order to have a chance of staying in the competition, but in truth they were overwhelmed.

While the cheering Belgian fans sing long after the final whistle "please do not bring me home", the Tunisians can reflect on their return flights from Russia]. Before that, they will play against Panama on Thursday to prevent the group G from joining Ground goes.

Man of the Game – Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

None of his teammates will criticize his performance this time [19659037] "We esp Pay homage to the Tunisian fans "- the Reacti to

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul: " As expected, it was a very difficult game.

"Since we moved into this group, we knew that Belgium would be a tough opponent and we apologize to the Tunisian fans who were in the stadium today.

" However, we did our best and will try to improve our performance in the future. "

Lukaku is Maradona's achievement – the statistics

  • Belgium have won in each of the last six World Cup Group games, most recently in 2002, all three in 2014 and the first
  • Tunisia is in 13 World Cup matches (D4 L9) – losing their last four in a row.
  • Lukaku has scored more goals in international tournaments (European and World Cups) than any other Belgian player (seven )
  • Lukaku scored 17 goals in his last season, the last eleven games for Belgium that failed in just one of those games (against Portugal earlier this month).
  • Belgium has for the first time in its history scored five goals in a single World Cup match.
  • Lukaku is the first player to score two or more goals in a row After Diego Maradona's 1986 World Cup appearances, he scored twice against England and Belgium.
  • Hazards penalty was Belgium's second-fastest goal in a World Cup game (5:59), just behind Leopold Anoul's goal against England in 1954's fifth minute
  • Belgium has won 11 of its 12 competitive games under Roberto Martinez (D1) 51 goals scored and only conceded eight goals.
  • Hazard scored 23 goals in his last 21 games for Belgium (11 goals, 12 assists)

What's next?

Belgium will close its game against England in the Kaliningrad stadium next Thursday and Tunisia will face Panama in a group G basel fight at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk (both 19:00 BST).


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