Lukaku and Hazard score two each as Belgium crush Tunisia

Hope Soto
June 23, 2018

Lukaku, though, came through in added time with the third goal, moments after Kevin De Bruyne missed the striker in the box by mere inches. After a neat triangle in the middle of the park sucked in the Tunisian defence, Toby Alderweireld lifted an inch ideal through ball to Hazard, who rounded Ben Mustapha before finishing calmly into an open net. A loss for Panama or England will seal their spot in the last 16.

That goal served to halt Belgium's early dominance, but they did grab a third with nearly the last kick of the half.

But Belgians are wary, having started tournaments strongly before only to fail, as they did at the last World Cup and at Euro 2016, in the quarter-finals.

Romelu Lukaku became the first player to score in both of Belgium's opening two matches of a World Cup since Marc Wilmots in 2002.

The North African side, needing a win to reignite their own hopes of progress, gave themselves hope when Dylan Bronn got on the end of Wahbi Khazri's whipped free-kick just 109 seconds later.

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Following his double in the 3-0 win over Panama it took the him to four goals for the tournament, level with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, and made him Belgium's highest scorer at a single World Cup - after one-and-a-half games.

And Hazard got his fourth by leaving the goalkeeper in the dust.

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Belgium were dominant from the outset, taking a 2-0 lead inside 16 minutes through Hazard's penalty and Lukaku's fine finish.

In bringing in Khaoui, who plays in France for Troyes, Maaloul is going for a right-sided attacking midfielder in his 4-3-3 formation, pushing Anice Badri further forward in place of Sliti on the left. England (three points) face Panama (none) on Sunday in the same group. Martinez has kept faith with a defensive line of three, with Dedryck Boyata in the centre flanked by Tottenham Hotspur pair Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.

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