Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Belgium romp past Tunisia with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku doubles

Belgium romp past Tunisia with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku doubles

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored two goals each in a dominant Belgium display on Saturday, leading their team over Tunisia 5-2 in the highest scoring game of the World Cup.

Belgium took the lead inside six minutes, Eden Hazard converting a penalty after he had been brought down by Syam Ben Youssef.

Group G concludes on Thursday, with England playing Belgium in Kaliningrad and Tunisia facing playing Panama at Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

Against England on Thursday, Belgium will be favoured to advance as the victor of Group H.

Belgium were much the better team from the off, looking risky on nearly every attack, but they were seriously aided and abetted by some ragged defending and non-existing marking from their opponents.

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Tunisia hit back two minutes later with a Dylan Bronn header as Belgium's own sometimes shaky defending was exposed but another misplaced Tunisian pass enabled Thomas Meunier to feed his goal-hungry striker as Lukaku clipped in to make it 3-1 in stoppage time.

Both countries have met three times. Belgium keeping the ball well now but Tunisia challenging on the counter. Lukaku then ran ahead and, with Ben Mustapha drawn forward, Lukaku chipped it over the goalkeeper from nine yards out.

Belgium have six points from their two games while Tunisia have still to get off the mark and have only a remote mathematical chance of qualifying. Ronaldo has scored four goals in Portugal's first two games.

If Belgium beats Tunisia it will be nearly certainly assured of a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Belgium are now unbeaten over their last 21 matches.

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