Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Lukaku and Hazard shine as Belgium smash Tunisia

Lukaku and Hazard shine as Belgium smash Tunisia

Romelu Lukaku scored just before halftime to give Belgium a 3-1 lead over Tunisia and equal Cristiano Ronaldo's tally of four goals so far at the World Cup. With two wins, their fate of last-16 qualification would be completed if England beat Panama.

Earlier, Eden Hazard opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Lukaku made it 2-0 for Belgium. For Tunisia, Dylan Bronn and Wahbi Khazri found the net.

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.

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Bronn, the scorer of Tunisia's first goal, was replaced by Hamdi Nagguez before Leicester City's Yohan Benalouane came in for Ben Youssef.

After also scoring twice in the opening 3-0 win against Panama, Manchester United's Lukaku showed clinical finishing with two first-half goals in Moscow, matching Ronaldo's tally in Russian Federation.

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The closest they came to scoring was with a header from a corner which Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa tipped over the bar. Mexico will reach the last 16 should Sweden beat Germany in Saturday's final game, kicking-off at 19:00 BST.

The Chelsea star sprinted onto De Bruyne's lofted pass, held off two defenders, rounded keeper Ben Mustapha and tapped home Belgium's fourth goal in the 51st minute.

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.

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Romelu Lukaku, who scored two against Panama, spearheads the Belgian attack, supported by Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens.

Belgium have thrashed Tunisia 5-2 in Moscow to book their place in the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup.

The Red Devils were aiming to keep momentum going after beating Panama 3-0 in their opening tie.

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