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Author Topic: Hazard and Lukaku score doubles as impressive Belgium trounce Tunisia 5-2  (Read 122762 times)


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Romelu Lukaku เว็บ พนัน บอล made it two braces in as many games and captain Eden Hazard also struck twice as fancied Belgium stormed past Tunisia 5-2 on Saturday to take a big step towards the World Cup knock-out rounds.Man-of-the-match Hazard opened the scoring with a sixth-minute penalty before Lukaku found the net in the 16th and first-half stoppage time. Hazard got his second in the 51st and Michy Batshuayi wrapped up matters late on. Dylan Bronn and captain Wahbi Khazri were on target for Tunisia who were punished for an attacking game plan.Belgium have a maximum six points from two games and will be in the last 16 if England don't lose against Panama on Sunday. In that case Tunisia would be eliminated on zero points. Belgium are the first team of the supposed title contenders to win their first two matches in convincing fashion, the first being a 3-0 victory over Panama but coach Roberto Martinez kept his feet firmly on the ground."It was a game that suited our style. Credits to Tunisia who played to win. We took our opportunities well. But we are still growing," Martinez said.Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul said: "We were a little ridiculous, you just have to look at the score. But we were not ridiculous the way we played. They have players who can change a game at any given time."Lukaku is joint tournament top scorer with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo on four goals, and with seven goals Belgium's most successful scorer at World Cups and Euros overall, one more than Jan Ceulemans."Romelu deserves everything. He works hard in training and scores in a lot of games. We are stronger when we play together. He hardly ever misses, I hope he scores more," Hazard said.But Martinez said Lukaku picked up an ankle injury and Hazard a calf problem as both are likely to be rested in the final group game against England, especially if Belgium are already qualified by then.Saturday's success at Moscow's Spartak Stadium - packed to its 44,190 capacity - came under the eyes of Belgian king Philippe, who was sporting a Red Devils scarf. Needing a win, Tunisia could not hold back on attack which quickly played into Belgium's hands.Syam Ben Youssef brought down the charging Hazard, and the Chelsea star coolly converted the 13th spot kick of the tournament - equalling เว็บ พนัน บอล the total number of 2014 penalties - into the bottom left corner.Ten minutes later Dries Mertens won the ball in midfield, ran up the field against and perfectly timed his pass to Lukaku who drilled into the far right corner from some 14 metres.Tunisia fought back almost instantly from Bronn's header off Khazri's free-kick but the Africans then lost Bronn and Ben Youssef through injury, and were two goals down again at half-time.Tunisia lost the ball again in their own half and Thomas Meunier fed Lukaku with a nice through-ball, the Manchester United striker then chipping in over Ben Mustapha to become the first player since Diego Maradona in 1986 to score twice in successive games.And it was all over for Tunisia when Hazard chested a majestic pass from Kevin De Bruyne, flicked the ball past Ben Mustapha and found the net between two defenders for 4-1.Rains started coming down and after Lukaku and Hazard left amid ovations, the Belgians added a fifth goal from the sliding sub Batshuayi while Khazri tallied the final score at the other end. The outcome also meant that for the first time there have been goals in the first 27 games of a World Cup. The past mark was 26 games without a 0-0 draw from the 1954 tournament."We know the players we have. It is about getting the right balance on the pitch. The team was ready to suffer. เว็บ พนัน บอล I was delighted with the attitude," Martinez said.


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