Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Classy Belgium crush Tunisia to close in on World Cup last 16

Classy Belgium crush Tunisia to close in on World Cup last 16

Belgium keeping the ball well now but Tunisia challenging on the counter.

Hazard failed to turn home Lukaku's low cross from close-range soon after but the latter doubled the Red Devils' advantage after 16 minutes. Hazard added the fourth on the break six minutes after the restart, Michy Batshuayi added a fifth in the last minute before Wahbi Khazri pulled another back for Tunisia.

The Carthage Eagles put themselves back in the swing of things courtesy of Dylan Brodman, who headed home from a free-kick with their first shot on goal.

That gives Tunisia some reprieve as it must avoid defeat to retain any hope of qualifying for the knockout stages.

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

Belgium are ranked third in the world, behind only Germany and Brazil, but Martinez said there was no room for complacency against Tunisian, ranked 21.

Before all that Group F craziness, Belgium takes the field in the morning against Tunisia as they look to follow up its comprehensive 3-0 victory over Panama in the opening round.

Tunisia, also without a point after two matches having extended their 40-year World Cup winless run to 13 games, are also still in with a theoretical chance of making it on through three points. But this World Cup is over for injured goalkeeper Mouez Hassen, so Farouk Ben Mustapha will feature against Belgium. Roberto Martínez said Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens were also hurt, picking up calf and ankle injuries respectively.

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

After a 3-0 win over Panama, the dark horses in Russian Federation have started off with a gallop and will look to Tunisia as an ideal opponent to pick up pace against. Meanwhile, Tunisia has made one change Khaoui replaces Sliti in the playing eleven.

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