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Belgium unchanged for Tunisia clash at World Cup

23 June, 2018, 18:27 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Romelu Lukaku of Belgium celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Belgium and Panama- World Cup 2018 Belgium vs Tunisia What time is kick-off on Saturday what TV channel is it on

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.

Lukaku, who also had a brace against Panama on Monday, has scored 17 goals in his last 11 worldwide games, Hazard scored his first two World Cup goals with a penalty in the opening minutes and Michy Batshuayi capped off the scoring late.

The Belgians were criticised by coach Roberto Martinez for starting slowly against Panama in their first group match but flew out of the blocks in Moscow.

The full-back's late challenge on Hazard was deemed, with the use of VAR, to have been just inside the area and the Chelsea man stepped up to crack the resulting spot-kick into the bottom-left corner. Belgium keeping the ball well now but Tunisia challenging on the counter.

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.




Toby Alderweireld's long pass from defence was taken on the chest by Hazard, who then rounded Mustapha to stroke into an empty net.

After racking up two wins and a goal difference of plus-six Belgium are virtually assured of advancing but it is not yet guaranteed - and they will be aware that they will need to tighten up at the back to handle the threat of the big guns deeper into the tournament.

The Borussia Dortmund forward had a chance cleared off the line, was twice denied by Ben Mustapha's saves and hit the crossbar, finally converting a cross for Belgium's fifth goal.

Tunisia captain Wahbi Khazri got his team's second with nearly the last kick of the match.

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