Lukaku breaks Belgium record against Tunisia

Kristopher Nichols
June 23, 2018

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard bagged two goals each as Belgium thrashed Tunisia 5-2 to edge closer to a spot in the last 16 at the 2018 World Cup.

Cursed by the "Golden Generation" tag for their last two global tournaments, Belgium have been seen as underachievers given the wealth of talent at their disposal. Bronn and Khazri struck in either halves to get back two goals for Tunisia before Michy Batshuayi made it 5-2 for Belgium.

The United player now has four goals at Russian Federation 2018, making him joint top scorer alongside Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

He has scored four in two matches and will have a chance to add to his tally when Belgium takes on England in their final group match.

And Hazard got his fourth by leaving the goalkeeper in the dust.

Hazard scored the opener on a sixth-minute penalty, converting after he was taken down just inside the right of the area by Syam Ben Youssef.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez revealed on Friday he has been keeping one eye on next week's blockbuster clash with England in the lead-up to the Red Devils' Group G match against Tunisia.

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Lukaku, meanwhile, doubled Belgium's lead in the 16th minute, scoring left-footed from the left channel after Dries Mertens forced a turnover.

Belgium put down a major marker with their win, but England could just as easily have scored five goals in their encounter with Tunisia.

"'It's easy to play with a player like him", Hazard said after the win over Tunisia.

That would leave their meeting in Kaliningrad on Thursday to decide who tops the group and it is Belgium who now hold the upper hand there, with their sparkling finishing in the sunshine at the Spartak Stadium leaving their goal difference significantly better off.

"I felt something in my calf in the first half but nothing big and I think I will be OK tomorrow", said Hazard.

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