Russian Federation 2018: Lukaku nets twice as Belgium crush Panama

Ruben Hill
June 18, 2018

The playmaker is a great example of how Belgium have matured since the last World Cup.

They're in group G which also contains England and Tunisia.

Short of the Chelsea man getting injured as a result of that kind of attention, I don't think teams targeting Hazard will be that bad for Belgium.

The game was marked by 35 fouls and eight yellow cards, five for Panama and three for Belgium but neither side could be accused of dirty play and Gomez said England could expect more of the same in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday.

"We are not going to say that we will win or that we are the best team". Panama meanwhile have built their reputation on a solid defense and a physical style of play under experienced coach "Bolillo" Gomez. A lovely moment at the 2018 World Cup. "I don't think teams will be overconfident facing us".

United Kingdom: BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sport Live, TalkSport Radio UK, BBC OneUnited States: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, SiriusXM FC, Futbol de Primera Radio, Telemundo, Fox Sports 1, Sling World CupIs the Belgium vs Panama game available online? Both Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen will not recover from injury so Dedryck Boyata is expected to join the Spurs duo of Toby Alderweireld and Thomas Vermaelen in the back three.

World champions Germany and Mexico are the other two teams in Group F. He should receive a lot of joy down the left flank for Sweden against a very weak South Korean team.

The Belgian national soccer team poses in front of their aircraft prior to departure in Brussels Wednesday
The Belgian national soccer team poses in front of their aircraft prior to departure in Brussels Wednesday

The Swedes come to Russian Federation at the dawning of the "post-Zlatan" era, after their talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended his worldwide career after the last Euros.

Playing at their ninth consecutive World Cup tournament, South Korea looked feeble and vulnerable after losing to Senegal and Bosnia and Herzegovina in warm-up encounters. One of the stories of the World Cup. Tunisia will pay $10 for the win. We're at peak form in life.

On paper, a talented Belgium side should have way to much firepower for Panama, who make history in their first ever game at a World Cup.

For England, it is Gareth Southgate's first major tournament as coach but he has World Cup experience as a player, two games in 1998 and one was a 2-0 victory over Tunisia.

England have won three of their last four matches and are unbeaten since June of previous year, when they lost to France in a friendly.

Not much was known on European shores about Panama's style of play when they confirmed their place in Russian Federation, although three wins in ten qualification matches suggest they are hardly a free-flowing side.

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