World Cup match report Belgium v Tunisia 23 June 2018

Ruben Hill
June 23, 2018

Thomas Meunier played the ball through the defense for Lukaku to beat the offside trap and flick the ball over goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha.

Belgium are on a high after scoring three goals against Panama, with Lukaku netting twice on the day. Dylan Bronn with the header!

African teams have struggled at the World Cup so far, with Egypt and Morocco having already been eliminated while Nigeria also lost their opening game.

Eden Hazard continued his fine start to the World Cup with a record breaking goal against Tunisia.

Belgium expect to be up against a defensive Tunisia, who will rely on quick counter-attacks. It will mean the creative acumen of captain Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne will be vital if Belgium are to move closer to the second round and effectively end Tunisia's tournament.

Hazard won the penalty when he was brought down by Tunisia's Syam Ben Youssef on the edge of the area.

Roberto Martinez's side looked impressive in their victory against debutants Panama but will face a tough test against Tunisia who showed against England that they have not come to Russian Federation to make up the numbers.

Tunisia, meanwhile, were seconds away from securing a point against England in their group opener, before Harry Kane snatched a last-gasp goal to hand the Three Lions a 2-1 victory. Belgium won't know if they've locked up a round of 16 spot with a win until Sunday, when England faces Panama.

Romelu Lukaku got his World Cup up and running with two well-taken goals.

Belgium opened with a 3-0 win over Panama 3-0 and another win against Tunisia would nearly certainly secure a place in the knockout stages from Group G.

As for Tunisia, they were so close from coming away with a point in their opening game against England, but a late lapse of defensive concentration saw Harry Kane head in the victor in stoppage time.

In the only other change, Naim Sliti has been replaced on the left wing by Saif-Eddine Khaoui.

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