Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Hazard and Lukaku at the double as five-star Belgium thrash Tunisia

Hazard and Lukaku at the double as five-star Belgium thrash Tunisia

Should they lose their final game against England, now on three, and pointless Panama somehow beat England and Tunisia, all three would have six points and the top two would be decided on goal difference.

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

Against England on Thursday, Belgium will be favoured to advance as the winners of Group H. VAR was used, confirming that the challenge was illegal and that it had taken place just inside the penalty area.

"We played well and scored five goals".

And Hazard doubled his total in the 51st minute, scoring on an open net after he ran under a pass from Toby Alderweireld and worked his way around goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha before finishing.

Romelu Lukaku scored after 16 minutes and though Dylan Bronn pulled one back for Tunisia, Lukaku made it 3-1 just before half-time.


With half-time approaching, the Belgians grabbed their third goal.

Thomas Meunier put him in behind the defence and Lukaku tucked his shot away, celebrating with De Bruyne, who started the move.

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Should England overcome Panama then only top spot in the group will be at stake when Belgium face Gareth Southgate's side on Friday morning (AEST), while Tunisia will be eliminated should the result of Sunday night's (AEST) game be anything other than an unlikely Panama win.

Michy Batshuayi closed in on his first World Cup goal, but his attempt was cleared off the line after rounding Mustapha 14 minutes to full-time.

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