Five Star Belgium Hand Tunisia Lesson in 7 Goal Game

Lawrence Kim
June 23, 2018

Belgium's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal against Tunisia, watched by Romelu Lukaku, who also scored twice.

Should Belgium lose their final game against England, now on three, and if pointless Panama somehow beat England and Tunisia, all three would have six points and the top two would be decided on goal difference, though it would need a footballing freak show to stop Roberto Martinez's side.

Defeat for Tunisia leaves them all-but-out of the tournament, needing Panama to defeat England on Sunday to maintain even the smallest shred of hope of reaching the knockout rounds.

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. VAR was used, confirming that the challenge was illegal and that it had taken place just inside the penalty area.

Hazard scored with a sixth-minute penalty kick he earned by being tripped, and Lukaku angled a low, left-foot shot into the corner of the opposing goal.

Lukaku attempted to redeem the situation by dribbling around the advancing goalkeeper but fell to the floor under the challenge of Farouk Ben Mustapha.

Any thoughts that the rampant Belgians would accelerate out of sight were dispelled - at least briefly - just two minutes later, though.

However, Dylan Bronn pulled a goal back for Tunisia two minutes later with a towering header inside the box following free-kick from Wahbi Kazri.

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

A win would put the Red Devils in pole position to qualify for the last 16.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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