Five Star Belgium Hand Tunisia Lesson in 7 Goal Game

Angelo Anderson
June 23, 2018

Hazard won and converted a sixth-minute penalty before Lukaku ran onto a Dries Mertens pass to coolly slot home the second 10 minutes later.

Lukaku was rewarded for his honesty shortly before half time with another goal, his fourth of the tournament in total, as he drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot.

Lukaku doubled the lead for the Red Devils in the 16th minute with a low strike after going through on the left side of the box, 2-0. Khazri and Dylan Broon scored for Tunisia but it was not enough as they were eliminated from the tournament.

That gives Tunisia some reprieve as it must avoid defeat to retain any hope of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Hazard also completed his brace five minutes after the break to make it 4-1 for Belgium, beating the offside trap to round the goalkeeper and slot into an empty net.

The goal means Lukaku became only the fifth Belgium player to score in back-to-back World Cup matches, with Marc Wilmots the last to do it when he scored in every group-stage game in 2002.

The Red Devils just need England to avoid defeat to Panama in Sunday's other Group G game to confirm their last-16 spot and no team at Russian Federation 2018 will want to be drawn against Roberto Martinez's side after this swashbuckling display. They are yet to lose to African opposition at a World Cup, while Tunisia have never beaten a European side at a finals. 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.

Belgium, who named the same starting XI that cruised past Panama in their opening game, got off to a great start after six minutes thanks to some clumsy defending from Syam Ben Youssef.

For Tunisia, Farouk Ben Mustapha starts in goal after playing most of the 2-1 loss to England following Mouez Hassan's shoulder injury.

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